Atlantic Coast Health Network and UnitedHealthcare Launch Accountable Care Program to Improve Patients’ Care in Florida

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More resources committed to sharing information and coordinating patient care; Innovative physician-directed network focused on collaborative care delivery

Atlantic Coast Health Network (ACHN) and UnitedHealthcare have launched an accountable care program to improve people’s health and their satisfaction with their health care experience.

The new accountable care program will dedicate more resources to care coordination and make it easier to share important health information. As a result, ACHN member hospitals, clinics and physicians will share in savings generated through providing care under a value-based, patient-centric care model focused on keeping people healthy.

Nearly 250,000 people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plans are eligible to benefit from this collaboration.

Many people who have gone to the doctor or hospital – particularly those with complex or chronic illnesses – have found they often have to connect information from each of their doctor’s visits themselves, and have sometimes received duplicative tests or care that isn’t coordinated.

Through this collaboration, UnitedHealthcare and ACHN will work together to better coordinate patients’ care, using shared technology, timely data and information about emergency room visits and hospital admissions. This partnership will also provide services to help patients manage their chronic health conditions by enhancing relationships with their personal physicians and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

“Strong, stable partnerships with health plans like UnitedHealthcare will assist Atlantic Coast Health Network in providing the highest quality of care – improving the general health of our patients while helping to reverse the trend of rising clinical costs,” said Dr. Charles Russo, ACHN chairman.

“UnitedHealthcare and ACHN are committed to helping people receive coordinated, more personalized care to enhance people’s ability to live healthier lives,” said Nicholas Zaffiris, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Employer & Individual in Southeast Florida.

UnitedHealthcare will supplement ACHN’s data to help support overall population health, giving the entire care team clear, actionable data about individual patients’ health needs, potential gaps in care and proactive identification of high-risk patients. Patient navigators may also be used to support community-based care coordination, such as helping with planning after a patient is discharged from the hospital and scheduling follow-up appointments.

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 3.4 million Florida residents with a network of 255 hospitals and more than 43,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.

More than 14 million people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare plans across the country have access to accountable care programs, delivered in part through more than 750 accountable care arrangements nationwide as the organization engages in deeper, more collaborative relationships with physicians and hospitals.

Care providers nationwide are showing strong interest in a shift to value-based care. UnitedHealthcare’s total payments to physicians and hospitals that are tied to value-based arrangements have tripled in the last three years to more than $48 billion. By the end of 2018, UnitedHealthcare expects that figure to reach $65 billion.

For more information about UnitedHealthcare’s full spectrum of value-based initiatives, visit

About Atlantic Coast Health Network
Atlantic Coast Health Network (ACHN) is a regional clinically integrated network (CIN). A collaboration between Holy Cross Physician Partners (HCPP) in Fort Lauderdale and Memorial Health Network (MHN) in Hollywood, ACHN brings together 1,500 physicians with approximately 150,000 covered lives. This collaboration allows physicians, ancillary providers and hospitals to work together with the goal of providing high quality, person-centered care.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @myUHC on Twitter.

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