A new collaboration between Regence BlueShield and Physician Care Alliance aims to provide patients in the South Sound, and across the state, with more cost-effective care and better patient health outcomes.

Under the agreement, Regence members at seven medical groups across five Washington counties are now part of PCA, a clinically integrated network. The medical groups include Sound Family Medicine in Pierce County, Tumwater Family Medicine, Pioneer Family Practice in Thurston County and Yelm Family Medicine. Additional medical groups include The Polyclinic in King County, Western Washington Medical Group in Snohomish County and Walla Walla Clinic in Walla Walla County.

“The elevated arrangement with Physician Care Alliance will improve health outcomes by making it easier to share valuable member information with physicians,” said John Partin, vice president of network management for Regence BlueShield. “Clinically integrated networks are an ideal and proven way to promote high quality, affordable, and accessible care for patients who get their health care from independent physician practices. Our collaboration with PCA benefits not just Regence members but communities across the state.”