Last month, two other major Atlanta health systems — Piedmont and WellStar — announced plans to form an insurance company that they believe will allow them to improve both efficiency and quality.
These shifts are part of vast changes in the insurance and healthcare marketplace being driven by the federal health care law and the private marketplace.
Bill Custer, a healthcare expert at Georgia State University, said Monday’s announcement is part of an important shift in which insurers are partnering up with providers to improve health care instead of simply processing claims.
“The promise is that we’re going to get more efficient, effective care,” Custer said.
Custer said consumers may find they have somewhat less choice in new plans that push patients to select providers from within one or two health systems. But the changes are designed to benefit consumers in many ways, he said.
“I would expect we’re going to see more of these types of arrangements,” Custer said.