How ACOs Work

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How ACOs Work

This is how Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) typically work:

  • Your primary care doctor and other providers who are helping care for you will communicate with each other, and partner with you in making health care decisions.
  • You may spend less time filling out medical history paper work because your doctors may already have this information in an electronic health record.
  • You’ll likely have fewer repeated medical tests because your doctors and hospitals will share information and coordinate your care.
  • You’ll be in the center of care, and your doctors will be better able to keep you informed, as well as listening and honoring your choices.
  • Unlike HMOs, managed care, or some insurance plans, an ACO can’t tell you which health care providers to see and cannot change your Medicare benefits.