As part of the Medicare Accountable Care Organization program, we are able to bring together teams of doctors and other highly trained healthcare professionals from a wide variety of specialties to support our mission of inspiring good health in patients, such as you, that use Medicare.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?
ACOs are groups of doctors and other health care providers who voluntarily work together with Medicare to give you high quality service and care at the right time in the right setting. Your doctor has agreed to participate in a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO and to work closely with other doctors and health care providers in the ACO to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries, like yourself, who have traditional Medicare. The ACO may share in any savings that result from providing you with high quality and more coordinated care.
Does the ACO change my Medicare benefits?
No. An ACO is not a Medicare Advantage plan or an HMO plan. If you have traditional Medicare, you still have the right to see any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare, at any time. Your doctor may continue to recommend that you see particular doctors for your specific health needs, but it’s always your choice about what doctors you see or hospitals you visit.
How will an ACO help my doctor coordinate my care?
Each of your doctors will not only know about the health issues they’ve treated, they will have a more complete picture of your health through talking with your other doctors. You benefit because your doctors are part of a better coordinated team. Additionally, you may not have to fill out as many medical forms that ask for the same information.
Does Medicare share my information with ACOs?
To help you get better, more coordinated care, Medicare shares certain health information with the ACOs in which your medical providers participate about the care you receive. If you do not want Medicare to share your healthcare information, you need to call 1-800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and tell the representative that your doctor is part of an ACO and you don’t want Medicare to share your healthcare information. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
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