WHAT IS AN ACO
Capital Health Accountable Care Organization (ACO) was selected as a new Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Doctors, hospitals and health care providers establish ACOs in order to work together to provide higher-quality coordinated care to their patients, while helping to slow healthcare cost growth. Beneficiaries seeing healthcare providers in ACOs always have the freedom to choose doctors inside or outside of the ACO.
ACOs and Medicare share savings generated from lowering the growth in healthcare costs when they meet standards for high quality care. ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers that work together to give Medicare beneficiaries in Original Medicare (fee-for-service) high quality, coordinated care. ACOs can share in any savings they generate for Medicare if they meet specified quality targets.
Since ACOs first began participating in the program in early 2012, thousands of healthcare providers have signed on to participate in the program, working together to provide better care to Medicare’s seniors and people with disabilities.
For general questions or additional information about Accountable Care Organizations, please visit www.medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.