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Are Accountable Care Organizations, ACOs, the Business Model for Healthcare of the Future?

ACO—that’s the latest acronym to add to the growing list of health-related terms that you need to know. ACO stands for Accountable Care Organization, a payment and care delivery model that links provider reimbursements to quality metrics and reductions in the total cost of care for a specific population of Medicare Fee-for-Service patients. This new term is really new: it was first used in 2006 during a public meeting of MPAC—that is, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. In 2009, it was included in the PPACA—that is, the Medicare Fee-for-Service patients Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes called “Obamacare.”

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Accountable care organization (ACO)

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to the Medicare patients they serve. Coordinated care helps ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, with the goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. When an ACO succeeds in both delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, it will share in the savings it achieves for the Medicare program.

Video: Accountable Care Organizations provide coordinated care and chronic disease management while lowering costs. In this video clip, learn more about the Pioneer ACO Model and hear directly from the health care professionals making this care possible.

 

http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/aco/

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