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Keeping Your Care Local

The forces shaping health care are challenging for independent community hospitals and many are creating alliances for continued stability.

In October 2013, Meritus Health, Frederick Regional Health System, Western Maryland Health System and their respective boards of directors signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to explore opportunities that will allow each organization to enjoy continued success in meeting the challenges of the current and future health care environment and maintain high quality and cost-effective health services for the communities they serve.

The LOI describes the process for the parties to work together in four initiatives—to form a regional alliance board to guide discussions, to initiate a Management Services Organization (MSO) to reduce costs following the delivery of a business plan to further identify areas of opportunity, to improve quality and to examine expanding Meritus' existing Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

The three Alliance health system boards (Meritus Health, Frederick Regional Health System and Western Maryland Health System) announced in January 2014 that they have reviewed the feasibility study findings and approved the legal entity formation, as well as authorized their CEOs to hire an executive to move forward with the development of an implementation plan.

Stay tuned for more information!

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