What is a 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 their Medicare Fee for Service patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that Medicare patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, matching the National Quality of Care Standards, while avoiding duplication of services and preventing premature and/or unnecessary hospital admissions. When an ACO succeeds in delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more efficiently, it will share in the savings it achieves for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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