Health Management Associates, Inc. and Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, announced recently the formation of an accountable care model to serve patients in Brevard County.
Health Management’s physicians, as well as its two hospitals in Brevard County (Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne and Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge) will be the provider cornerstones of this new partnership.
“This partnership with Florida Blue is designed to ensure that employers and individuals receive value through improved health and lower costs,” said Alan Levine, Senior Vice President of Health Management and President of its Florida Group of 23 hospitals. “According to the state of Florida, Wuesthoff Hospitals are the lowest cost hospitals in Brevard County. In our partnership with Florida Blue, we now seek to translate those lower costs to savings for employers and better value for consumers of health care. We are proud of the highly skilled doctors, hospitals and professionals in our network, and we welcome others who are committed to high quality, affordability and to partnerships for the improvement of health.”
“Health Management’s operational expertise and its experience as a good partner with other Florida organizations makes this collaboration an ideal relationship for Florida Blue members,” said Pat Geraghty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Blue. “Accountable care models like this reduce the fragmentation of care and provide incentives to increase care coordination, to improve patient outcomes, and to lower cost.”
The new relationship is a platform for expanded cooperation between Florida Blue and Health Management, including the potential to build a clinically integrated network among participating providers and expand insurance products offered in Brevard County, such as Medicare Advantage and self-funded and “narrow network” commercial insurance plans.