Linn Community Care joins Accountable Care Organization

Linn Community Care (LCC) has chosen to partner with St. Luke’s Hospital and Iowa Health Accountable Care, L.C. to improve the health of the populations they serve, improve the patient experience and care received by patients, and lower the cost of care through improved care coordination effective February 7, 2013.

Iowa Health Accountable Care, L.C. is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) where doctor’s hospitals and other healthcare providers share responsibility for providing care for patients. LCC and St. Luke’s will pool resources with the goal of trimming spending while increasing the quality of care.

“The healthcare landscape is changing and Linn Community Care needed to select a long-term partner to help us navigate these challenges,” said Dr. David Basel, LCC medical director. “We selected St. Luke’s/Iowa Health System as our partner because they have a proven, successful strategy for implementing ACOs. Their ACO model supports LCC’s strategy.” St. Luke’s is currently involved in other ACOs; one for Medicare patients and one for privately insured patients with Wellmark. Currently St. Luke’s ACOs are taking care of 40,000 patients and the goal is to increase the quality and access of care, while reducing health care costs.

Linn Community Care is Cedar Rapids federally funded community health clinic, which provides primary care with a focus on family medicine and obstetrics care. LCC offers services for the uninsured and underinsured which include family services, prescription assistance and dental referrals. LCC currently cares for more than 8,000 patients each year.

Dr. David Basel is LCC’s Medical Director and medical coverage is provided by the Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation Residency Program jointly funded by St. Luke’s Hospital and Mercy Medical Center. LCC also has several employed providers as well.

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