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Blue Cross, Aledade team up to support independent practices in North Carolina through ACOs

December 20, 2018 / Joanne Finnegan

A health plan and a startup company are pairing up to support independent primary care physicians in North Carolina. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Aledade, a well-funded startup that partners with primary care physicians to build and lead accountable care organizations (ACOs), are joining to launch a new initiative that will support hundreds of independently owned and operated primary care physician clinics in the state, according to an announcement Wednesday. Doctors will be encouraged to join ACOs through which they can earn enhanced reimbursement rates and share in a portion of cost savings generated from the improved quality of care, the two organizations said.