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Accountable Care

What's an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?

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  • ACOs are groups of doctors and other health care providers who voluntarily work together to give you high-quality service and care at the right time in the right setting.
  • The ACO may share in any savings that result from providing you with higher-quality and more coordinated care.
  • Your ACO doctor may continue to recommend that you see particular doctors for your specific health needs, but it's always your choice which doctors you use or hospitals you visit.

How will an ACO help my doctor coordinate my care?

  • You benefit because your doctors will be part of a better-coordinated team.
  • You may not have to fill out as many medical forms that ask for the same information.
  • Each of your doctors will not only know about the health issues they've treated, but also have a more complete picture of your health through talking with your other doctors.

What are the physician benefits?

  • Shared savings participation (Medicare and commercial)
  • Quality rewards
  • FFS quality contracts
  • Commercial/Medicare narrow network participation
  • EMR support
  • Care management access
  • Leadership development
  • ACO specialty projects
  • The ability to drive evidence-based quality for the Memorial Hermann enterprise
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