Wuesthoff aligns with Florida Blue

Wuesthoff aligns with Florida Blue

Naples-based Health Management Associates and Florida Blue have announced an accountable-care agreement for thousands of patients in Brevard County, which the two companies said would improve coordination of care and reduce costs such as redundant tests.

The initiative means Wuesthoff’s medical centers in Melbourne and Rockledge, along with their doctors and staffs, will manage the health care needs of potentially thousands of Florida Blue policyholders in the county.

The move is meant to streamline costs by aligning physicians across the entire Wuesthoff Health System and the insurer in treating patients.

“You’re communicating under this plan so that everyone is on the same page when it comes to good clinical outcomes,” Wuesthoff Health System CEO Tim Cerullo said.

Cerullo said because the arrangement is in development, he couldn’t provide an exact number of Brevard County residents that will be affected. “But it could be very big,” he said.

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