Accountable Care Organization: What is it? - Genesis Health System

What is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?

An ACO (Accountable Care Organization) is a group of physicians, hospitals and other providers that have come together to coordinate and provide the best possible quality of care.

Your doctor’s try hard to give you high quality care, but it can be a challenge to juggle information. Medicare wants to make sure your doctors have the resources and information they need to coordinate your care.

Working together with Medicare, many doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers have decided to participate in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to give better, more coordinated health care to patients like you!

If you have original Medicare and your doctor, hospital or health care provider decides to coordinate with other health care providers through an ACO, you’ll benefit because they’ll work together to get you to the right care, at the right time and in the right setting.

ACO – Accountable Care Organizations

As a Medicare beneficiary, ACO’s are accountable for the quality, cost and experience of care provided to their population.

  • Empowering Patients to Make Decisions About Their Healthcare
  • ACOs do not limit your Original Medicare benefits.
  • You have the right to choose any hospital or doctor that accepts Medicare, at any time, even if that hospital or doctor is not a part of the ACO.
  • Providers may make recommendations, but you can always choose which doctors or hospitals to use.
  • For instructions regarding how to select and/or change your primary clinician on MyMedicare.gov, refer to the video titled How to Choose a Primary Clinician on MyMedicare.gov (Spanish translation also available).