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YourCare expands health care partnership with GBUACO

The Buffalo News | April 29, 2019

YourCare Health Plan and the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization this month extended their health care partnership another three years.

Rochester-based YourCare became the first Safety-Net health plan to contract with a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization in September 2016, a value-based contract agreement designed to cut costs and improve care for those on Medicaid.

In this kind of system, health care provider payments are more directly aligned with delivering care in a way that improves outcomes while reducing medical expenses. Providers and payers collaborate in a proactive approach to prevent disease, address transportation, housing and related needs – the so-called “social determinants of health” – and place an emphasis on education and medication compliance in a comprehensive effort to minimize expensive emergency room visits and hospital admissions.

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