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July 9, 2012

By Vicki Vaughan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have selected 89 health systems across the country to be part of a "shared savings" program called an Accountable Care Organization, and Baptist Health System is the first in San Antonio to participate.

Each Accountable Care Organization is voluntarily formed by groups of doctors and other health care providers that have agreed to coordinate care for people with Medicare, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday in a statement.

At Baptist, about 350 doctors will manage the health system's Medicare population and will work together to provide patients with more coordinated care. Baptist Chief Medical Officer David Siegel said the coordinated care means doctors in the group will have a more complete picture of the patient's health.

For example, the organization will reduce the number of medical forms that seek identical information. Also, medical tests won't have to be repeated because the results will be shared among the health care team.

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