An accountable care organization formed by Anthem Blue Cross and Torrance, Calif.-based HealthCare Partners produced $4.7 million in savings for the first six months of 2013 compared with a similar patient pool, the organizations say.

The savings were driven by improved utilization metrics such as reduced hospital admissions and inpatient days, fewer emergency room visits, and reduced laboratory and radiology tests. In addition, the ACO improved quality measures in preventive health screenings and he management of acute and chronic disease as measured by HEDIS.

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