UC San Francisco and John Muir Health, which primarily serves patients in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, announced Tuesday that they will form a new company and, in their first joint move, develop a regional health network.
Both companies will remain independent. The new network will be an accountable care organization (ACO), which will provide patients access to hospitals, doctors and other providers from the two organizations.
An ACO is a formal network of both doctors and hospitals. They share medical responsibility and financial responsibility for patients. The goal is to provide higher quality care at a lower price and limit unnecessary spending. Continue reading