May 2012

Mercy-Des Moines, Wellmark Agree on ACO Collaboration


Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, IA, and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa entered into an accountable care organization (ACO) collaboration, effective April 1. Mercy and Wellmark have a longstanding relationship and both have been recognized for innovation in better management of care.

“We will be working together to achieve our mutual goals of improving the quality of health care services, reducing the rising cost of care, and enhancing the health status of the patients and communities we serve,” said David Vellinga, chief executive officer of Mercy Health Network and senior vice president of divisional operations for CHI.

In the ACO, Mercy and its affiliated physicians will assume more responsibility for the health of patients insured by Wellmark and will be held accountable for quality and cost goals. This new approach to providing health care aligns with Mercy’s commitment to preventive care and wellness, ultimately resulting in improved quality of life across the continuum of care.