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Arkansas Health Alliance Sees Room for More Members

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Jim Lambert hopes to see some hospitals join the Arkansas Health Alliance early next year.

“We’ve had discussions with other facilities across the state, and I think there’s a fair amount of interest in it,” said Lambert, who is president of the alliance.

The alliance was created in August when CHI St. Vincent, an affiliate of Catholic Health Initiatives, partnered with Conway Regional Health System. The alliance is designed to help independent community hospitals and health care systems work together and achieve a greater level of clinical integration and coordination of care while also reducing the cost of care.

Lambert, who was the president and CEO of Conway Regional, said the potential members of the alliance are keeping an eye on how the arrangement works between CHI and Conway Regional before signing up. And the health care organizations want to see how the health insurance companies handle the arrangement.

“It’s starting to work well between Conway and St. Vincent,” he said, but didn’t have many specific details to release as of last week.

He said he thinks it won’t be long before other hospitals start seeing the value of forming partnerships.

“It’s just a matter of when do they pull that trigger and when do they start moving in that direction,” Lambert said.

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