What is an ACO?
An ACO is a group of community physicians, including primary care providers
and specialists, hospitals and other healthcare providers that come together
to coordinate care for the Medicare Fee-For-Service patients they serve.
The goal of an ACO is to increase the quality of care, improve patient
outcomes, align incentives among providers, reward efficiency and decrease
healthcare costs. The ACO is a patient-centered organization where the
patient and providers are true partners in care decisions. It is not an
HMO, managed care or an insurance company. The patients are all Medicare
Fee-For-Service patients and authorizations are not required for patients
to receive services.