Health Choice Preferred is a physician-led, professionally managed, non-exclusive accountable care organization (ACO) focused on delivering value-based, patient-centered, integrated healthcare services.

stethoscope1More than 2,000 providers comprise the Health Choice Preferred networks in Arizona and Utah.
We currently serve more than 100,000 patient members.

Health Choice Preferred’s primary goal is to provide high quality care through innovative and integrated clinical programs and practices.

Key initiatives include:

  • Integrating clinical, care management, claims, and socio-demographic data to understand and manage population health
  • Aligning the interests of patients, providers, hospitals, and health plans
  • Offering providers practice, contracting, and network support
  • Providing exceptional care and improving practice and patient experience
  • Creating interactive care plans and tracking patient progress between visits
  • Utilizing and coordinating innovative health information technology
  • Efficiently reducing the costs of healthcare
Measures of Success

Health Choice Preferred constantly assesses its own performance and operations. The network leverages quality care measures defined by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS).

Additional quality performance standards are mandated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The network also utilizes surveys, assessments, and report cards to ensure that all care management standards and benchmarks are met or exceeded.


Health Choice Preferred’s ACO networks in Arizona and Utah are 50/50 joint ventures between Steward Health Care Network and provider networks comprised of both employed and affiliated physicians, health systems, and professionals.

Health Choice Preferred was recently acquired by Steward Health Care in September 2017. For more information regarding the acquisition, please visit our News page.

Steward Health Care, the largest private hospital operator in the United States, is a physician-led health care services organization committed to providing the highest quality of care in the communities where patients live. Steward’s unique health care service delivery model leverages technology, innovation, and care coordination to keep patients healthier. Steward operates 36 community hospitals in ten states that employ approximately 37,000 people and regularly receives top awards for quality and safety. The Steward network includes more than 26 urgent care centers, 42 preferred skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,300 beds under management, and more than 1.1 million covered lives through the company’s managed care and health insurance services.

Steward enjoys positive relationships in the communities where it operates and has provided $221 million in community benefits and paid more than $120 million in taxes in the past four years.

Founded in 2010 with investment from Cerberus Capital Management, Steward has methodically built a substantial portfolio of inpatient and outpatient services. After unprecedented success in New England, Steward has recently expanded nationally to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Utah, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado.