Budding ACO Selects Insurance Collaborator To Help Drive Quality Care

Noble Health Alliance (Noble), a partnership of four Pennsylvania health systems, has selected Independence Blue Cross (Independence) as administrator of the self-insured medical benefits plans for Noble’s 39,000 employees and dependents. Additionally, Independence will be the preferred health insurer for the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) planned to support clinically integrated care through Noble’s partners.

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Financial And Clinical Worlds Unite At ANI 2014

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Birmingham’s Health IT Breeding Ground

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    Let's agree upfront that larger healthcare entities (including hospitals and physicians' offices) will have to support a diverse array of wireless devices. Today, it is unreasonable to expect a completely homogeneous environment in which one type of device is universally accepted by all medical staff. First, different types of workers have different communications needs. One size definitely does not fit all. Second. an increasing number of doctors expect to be able to use their own personal devices as needed, typically smartphones from a variety of vendors and operating on a variety of platforms.

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