UnitedHealth Group is launching a national ACO in 2017, Forbes reported. UnitedHealth’s NexusACO will be offered to companies with 100 or more employees during the fall open enrollment period.
“This (ACO) will have a much more national view with consistency across how the product is designed,” Jeff Alter, UnitedHealthcare’s CEO of employer and individual coverage, told Forbes. “It’s sold as a product that happens to have a unique network attached to it.”
United Healthcare already has a dozen employers committed to the new product. The NexusACO will include tier 1 physicians—those in their network that have proven to provide high quality care at affordable rates.
The NexusACO has providers participating from 15 markets, including:
- Los Angeles, Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area in California
- Austin, Houston and San Antonio, Texas
- Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio
- Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona
- Denver, Colorado
- Chicago Illinois
- Richmond, Virginia
- Northern New Jersey
- Rhode Island
UnitedHealthcare has approximately 800 ACO contracts across the U.S., up from 500 in 2015.