UCSF Medical Center and John Muir Health are collaborating to develop new company and regional health care network. Through this affiliation we are jointly developing a company that will serve as the cornerstone of a Bay Area health care network intended to provide patients with high quality care and an exceptional experience at an affordable price. Under our agreement both organizations are remaining independent, but a new company is being created that is equally owned and operated by both organizations. The new company will serve as a funding vehicle for future joint initiatives and a shared services organization to support programs and initiatives focused on better health care, at lower costs, for Bay Area patients.
The first of these joint initiatives is investment in a collaborative effort with other health care providers to form a regional health care network, or “accountable care network” (ACN). Establishing a Bay Area-wide ACN will provide patients from throughout the Bay Area and Northern California with a competitively priced option to access, close to where they live or work, many of the Bay Area's most trusted and respected hospitals, health systems and physician organizations. Learn more about our partnership with UCSF Medical Center.
John Muir Health's Accountable Care Organization Approach
An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a group of doctors, hospitals and other health care professionals that closely align and collaborate on providing coordinated, quality care to patients and help avoid unnecessary duplication of services and medical errors.
As an ACO, John Muir Health coordinates health care services as well as provides care management and wellness and prevention programs, such as:
- Promoting quality, cost-effective medical outcomes through a patient-centered medical home that utilizes an interdisciplinary provider team (physicians, nurses, medical assistants, case managers, social workers).
- Enhancing care by coaching and providing specific tools to patients with complex care needs and their family members and caregivers to continue their healing during the transition from the hospital to home.
John Muir Health is participating in Medicare’s Shared Savings Program, which is also an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program. Our participation is one way we’re working to improve coordinated care for our Medicare “Fee-for-Service” patients. We believe in doing what is best to provide a quality patient experience and help our patients improve coordination of their health, avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations. By participating in an ACO, groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers, coordinate high quality care to our patients—at the right time and in the right setting.