An ACO (Accountable Care Organization) refers to a group of healthcare providers and suppliers of services that will work together to coordinate care for the patients they serve.
The ACO is a patient-centered organization where the patients, providers, & suppliers are true partners in optimal care decisions. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients get the right care at the right time, delivered the right way, all while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.
We are successful at improving the “Three Objectives”:
1. Better Healthcare Outcomes
2. Better Patient Experiences
3. Lower Overall Healthcare Costs
Being a participant is really decided by your PCP, however, you certainly have the option to opt-out if you so choose. If you do choose to participate, what that means is your Primary Care doctor will have more comprehensive information provided to him or her regarding to your healthcare services.
In the current system, PCPs typically only have access to the care they deliver and it is the patient’s responsibility to communicate all other healthcare information, detailed history in regard to specialist, pharmacy, hospital instructions, etc.
In this new healthcare model, your PCP, only with your permission, is provided that comprehensive information to provide you the highest quality primary care. Additionally, this model is proven to reduce emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and readmissions to the hospital as well as reducing unnecessary services.
There is absolutely no cost to you! In fact, you may save on your overall healthcare costs as patients generally share a percentage of their overall cost of care and one of the goals is to lower that overall cost by increase in quality.
Your PHI (Personal Health Information) is ONLY provided to your primary care provider!
- Better healthcare outcomes! More comprehensive information improves the quality of care delivered.
- Better patient experiences! Providers having access to more specialized resources catered to specific patients’ needs significantly improves patients individual experiences throughout the healthcare system.
- Lower overall costs! Patients generally share a percentage of their overall cost of care, either through premiums, copays, coinsurance, or self-pay, and by improving quality of care and patients overall health, there is generally a reduction in overall cost of care. Patients share in that overall cost should be equally reduced.