Benefits of an ACO
Many Princeton HealthCare affiliated primary care physicians are participating in a new care coordination program called the Princeton HealthCare Partners, an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) designed specifically for Medicare patients. Your primary care physician may be one of the physicians participating in this program. If he or she is, and you are a Medicare patient, you should have received a letter in the mail notifying you of this change. An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is one way that we're working to better coordinate your care. ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together to give coordinated high quality care to their patients at lowered costs. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. When an ACO succeeds both in delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, it will share in the savings it achieves for the Medicare program.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) improves the health care delivery system through incentives to enhance quality, improve beneficiary outcomes and increase value of care. One of these key delivery system reforms is the encouragement of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). ACOs facilitate coordination and cooperation among providers to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries and reduce unnecessary costs. This section of FAQs provides an overview of ACOs and the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).
Accountable Care Organizations & You
Your doctors try hard to provide you with high quality care, but it can be a challenge to juggle information. Medicare wants to ensure that doctors have the resources and information they need to coordinate your care. That's why we're working with many doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers that have decided to work together to provide better, more coordinated health care. They've decided to participate in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). If your doctor, hospital, or health care provider decides to coordinate with other health care providers through an ACO, you'll benefit because the health care providers that care for you will be part of a better team. They'll work together to get you the right care at the right time in the right setting.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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