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Hospital Groups Partner To Implement Affordable Care Act

Wishard-Eskenazi Health and Community Health Network officials announced Monday a partnership to help deliver services as part of the Affordable Care Act.

The partnership between the two Central Indiana hospital corporations aims to extend high quality care, make best use of scare resources and reduce duplication of clinical services among other things.

“Hopefully, the citizens will look at this and say wow we‘ve got organization coming together and trying to work together as opposed to someone spending time buying somebody else or building new facilities or duplicating things,” Community Health Network CEO Bryan Mills says. “This is how we come together to use what we already have and work for somebody else‘s well being.”

Wishard CEO Dr. Lisa Harris says they are still assessing the number of local patients impacted.

“We don‘t have the true numbers at this point,” she says. “We know that there will be increasing numbers of individuals who are going to be accessing care and we‘re delighted that we‘re gonna be able to serve folks.”

Estimates show some 30 million people will be impacted by Obamacare nationwide. Officials say estimates on the local impact remain unclear.

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