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Accountable care organization

An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a model that rewards care that improves health and helps lower the cost of care. It is an alternative to the fee-for-service health care model which rewards volume of services.

While the concept is still developing, an ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, clinics and other care givers who join together to provide a group of patients with the best care at the lowest cost.

HealthPartners is proud to have two ACOs within its organization.

  • The Northwest Metro Alliance is a long-term collaboration between HealthPartners and Allina Health. It was established in 2010 to address specific health needs in the northwest metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul. It serves a community of 600,000 people who receive care at HealthPartners and Allina Health clinics, and Mercy Hospital. The Alliance has implemented more than 60 programs and care model changes.
  • The Park Nicollet Next Generation ACO, which was created in 2016 after CMS selected Park Nicollet Health Services to participate in the program. Park Nicollet was chosen based on its four years of experience in coordinating care for patients in the Pioneer ACO program. For more information, visit

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