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Allina Health and HealthPartners build ACO

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Penny Wheeler, MD

[HealthLeaders, January 01, 0001] About three years ago two rival Minnesota health systems—HealthPartners and Allina Health—began exploring how they could combine their resources to accomplish together what they couldn't do alone.

The two formed Northwest Metro Alliance to focus on achieving the triple-aim of healthcare—better care, better health, and lower cost—for 27,000 high-risk HealthPartners commercial members who live in the northwestern suburbs of Minneapolis and receive their medical care at Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health, or at the nine local medical clinics operated by either HealthPartners or Allina.

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