What is an ACO?
Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is an organization of health care practitioners that agrees to be accountable for the quality, cost, and overall care of Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in the traditional fee-for-service program who are assigned to it.
Medicare ACOs are comprised of groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers and suppliers who come together voluntarily to provide coordinated, high-quality care at lower costs to their Original Medicare patients. ACOs are patient-centered organizations where the patient and providers are true partners in care decisions. Medicare beneficiaries will have better control over their health care, and providers will have better information about their patients’ medical history and better relationships with patients’ other providers. Provider participation in ACOs is purely voluntary, and participating patients will see no change in their Original Medicare benefits and will keep their freedom to see any Medicare provider. When an ACO succeeds in both delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, it will share in the savings it achieves for the Medicare program.
SPALLC (Select Physicians Accountable Care Organization) gives a more streamlined healthcare experience. We’re striving for par excellence to improve the coordination and communication among our physicians, clinics and hospitals. We provide members with the clinical care that is more personalized, on-time with easier access. Our network of physicians and specialists is strong to help you achieve your overall well-being as they take pride in relationship building and our physicians are located throughout the community lessening your commute for urgent care needs.
Patient Benefits of ACO
- Better care for patients, especially those with chronic disease.
- Less waste in the Medicare system.
- Physician-driven treatment.
- Patient-centered focus.
YOU, are the center of the QUALITY of care that you receive because you can voice your feedback on doctors for getting timely care, appointments, and information. YOU rate the doctors on how well your doctors communicate. YOU give the Ratings of Doctor and access to Specialists and how they do your Health Promotion and Education, which are measured towards ACO Quality Measure Benchmarks of the ACO.
SPALLC providers are responsible, accountable to provide the very best care for you. They will encourage you to take an active role in your health care, giving you access to tools and services created to provide improved care, especially for those with complex medical needs or chronic conditions. High-quality, patient-centered care caters to your unique needs and preferences implementing Meaningful Use conforming to The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was signed into law on February 17, 2009, to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology.
Source – https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/ACO/