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MultiCare to join accountable care network with UW, others

Posted on Jun. 13, 2014 ( comments)

MultiCare Health System is participating in a new regional accountable care network that includes several other health systems.

The network will provide coordinated care to a defined patient population while meeting specific quality and safety goals. These accountable care networks help ensure patients receive the appropriate services while reducing the cost of care.

This network, called the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network, includes UW Medicine, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Seattle Children’s and others.

During their open enrollment in November 2014, certain Boeing employees will be able to choose the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network as one of their health care options. Boeing also is offering a second accountable care network through Providence/Swedish and will continue to offer a number of traditional health plans.

Here's the announcement from UW Medicine Accountable Care Network:

UW Medicine announced today that it has formed an accountable care network with other health care organizations in Puget Sound and has entered into an agreement to offer health care services to certain employees of Boeing beginning in January, 2015.

Boeing has selected the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network for its new Preferred Partnership option, which is available in the Puget Sound area for nonunion employees as well as some union-represented employees and some retirees.

Eligible employees can stay in their current plan or they can select the new option, which allows them to choose one of two networks for their care: either the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network or the Providence-Swedish Health Alliance network.

Employees will make the selection during annual enrollment for benefits this November for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2015.

This new service delivery option is designed to provide a better experience for Boeing employees and their families and be more affordable.

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