What does it take to connect a community-owned hospital with privately-owned clinics, a federally-qualified health center and hospital-owned clinics? According to staff at Arizona Connected Care in Tucson, it takes collaboration and interoperability.

Arizona Connected Care is an accountable care organization (ACO) that includes Tucson Medical Center, New Pueblo Medicine, Saguaro Physicians and other community providers. In early 2012, Arizona Connected Care was selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Optum spoke with leaders to find out what makes Arizona Connected Care so unique and what it will take to create a successful, coordinated system.

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