As part of new Steward Health Choice health plan for MassHealth patients, Cape Cod Healthcare and local doctors will play key roles in improved, local MassHealth care coordination

The Cape Cod Healthcare ACO (Accountable Care Organization), is a partnership between Cape Cod Healthcare and its most closely affiliated physicians. It was formed in order to integrate clinically and better coordinate care for local patients.

Effective March 1, 2018, Steward Health Choice, a new plan offered by Steward Health Care, will participate in the MassHealth ACO program as part of a major statewide restructuring of how care is delivered to MassHealth members.

Hundreds of physicians in the Cape Cod area will participate in Steward Health Choice.

Just like Cape Cod Healthcare ACO and Steward Health Choice, effective March 1, 2018, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) throughout the state will be available to help improve the experience and outcomes of MassHealth members.

“We are pleased to partner with Steward to better serve our MassHealth population,” said Christian Brown, Senior Vice President of Managed Care for Cape Cod Healthcare. “Patients on Cape Cod can look forward to better care coordination and improved health with this creative and innovative model.”

“We are excited to welcome MassHealth patients into our new ACO plan, Steward Health Choice,” said Dr. Mark Girard, President of Steward Health Care Network. “It’s wonderful that the MassHealth patients in Cape Cod communities and at Cape Cod Healthcare will have access to this superior form of health coverage that for too long was limited only to Medicare and commercial patients. We applaud the state for these reforms.”

Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 5,300 employees and 790 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two acute care hospitals (Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital), the Cape’s leading provider of homecare and hospice services (VNA of Cape Cod), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility (JML Care Center), an assisted living facility (Heritage at Falmouth), five outpatient centers, four urgent care centers, and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at www.capecodhealth.org. Cape Cod Healthcare. Visit our health news site www.capecodhealthnews.com for the latest in relevant and credible healthcare news.

Steward Health Care Network (SHCN) provides world class care to more than two million patients annually. SHCN’s approximately 4,800 providers include both primary care physicians and a full range of specialists who are committed to meeting the needs of our patients. Established in 2008 as the physician network for the hospitals of Steward Health Care System, SHCN extends across ten states and takes pride in its community-based care model, which drives value-added tools and services to our communities, patients, physicians and hospitals across the continuum of care. In addition, SHCN promotes care coordination and collaboration within the network in order to provide high quality, efficient care to patients. With Steward in the community, all residents can be sure that there is a world class doctor close to where you live.

The network is also responsible for the implementation and execution of Steward’s managed care contracts, medical management services, quality improvement programs, data analysis and information services.