OSF HealthCare is partnering with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to create a new Accountable Care Organization. This will be the first commercial ACO for OSF. Under the deal, OSF is charged with improving patient care and satisfaction while also focusing on the overall cost of health care. That can be done by developing programs that will help people better manage their health, reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and ER visits, costly re-admissions, and duplication of services. There are financial incentives for OSF to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. The agreement begins January 1st and covers nearly 40-thousand Blue Cross and Blue Shield Illinois members whose care comes through OSF.