North Shore-LIJ Health System and Empire BlueCross BlueShield have entered into an agreement to create an ACO that will include 33,000 commercial and Medicare Advantage members in New York.

“The North Shore-LIJ Clinical Integration Network IPA, the health system’s Premium Network, and North Shore-LIJ Care Solutions, the health system’s care management enterprise, are the engines that will engage physicians to manage high-risk patients covered under this program,” said Howard Gold, executive vice president of managed care and business development and North Shore-LIJ. “This new collaboration between North Shore-LIJ and Empire will further accelerate our efforts to manage population health and increase our value-based contracting.”

North Shore-LIJ includes an integrated network of 5,500 physicians. In July, the system announced a similar agreement with Aetna to provide 30,000 of its commercial plan members coordinated care.

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