What is an ACO?
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients.
The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.
Doctors and other health care providers choose to participate in an ACO because they’re committed to providing patients with a better care experience. They may also be financially rewarded for offering better, more coordinated care. If your doctor chooses to participate in an ACO, you’ll see a poster with information displayed in the office or hospital.
An ACO isn’t a Medicare Advantage Plan or Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Patients are still in Original Medicare, and their Medicare benefits, services, rights and protections won’t change. And they still have the right to use any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare at any time, the same way they do now.
For general information about ACOs, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
Or visit the Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare