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.
FACMG’s physicians practice along the border between Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties and Riverside county, in the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Corona, Fontana, Montclair, Norco, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Upland, and West Covina, an area with a population of over 800,000 people. Our service area is located in the western part of what is known locally as the “Inland Empire,” the fastest growing area in the State of California.
The mission of Foothill Accountable Care Medical Group is to provide high quality patient care in a cost effective, patient centric manner. The integrated electronic health record plays a central role in our strategy to achieve this. All providers will have ready access to patients’ inpatient and outpatient records, streamlining care and minimizing the costs of duplication. The electronic health record is used to help ensure that evidence-based guidelines are being followed and includes decision support tools to suggest the most cost effective care.
FACMG’s physicians practice in all of the healthcare facilities in our area including acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, long term acute care facilities, nursing homes, and board and care facilities. Medicare patients will continue to be able to receive care at the facilities they prefer, but will receive this care in a more efficient manner.