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.