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 the Medicare patients they serve. Coordinated care helps ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, with the goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. When an ACO succeeds in both delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, it will share in the savings it achieves for the Medicare program.
Video: Accountable Care Organizations provide coordinated care and chronic disease management while lowering costs. In this video clip, learn more about the Pioneer ACO Model and hear directly from the health care professionals making this care possible.
ACO Programs at CMS
Medicare offers several ACO programs, including:
- Medicare Shared Savings Program (cms.gov) - For fee-for-service beneficiaries
- ACO Investment Model - For Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs to test pre-paid savings in rural and underserved areas
- Advance Payment ACO Model - For certain eligible providers already in or interested in the Medicare Shared Savings Program
- Comprehensive ESRD Care Initiative - For beneficiaries receiving dialysis services
- Next Generation ACO Model - For ACOs experienced in managing care for populations of patients
- Pioneer ACO Model - Health care organizations and providers already experienced in coordinating care for patients across care settings
- Vermont All-Payer ACO Model - Effort to transform healthcare for Vermont's population
- Atrius Health: Improving Behavioral Health Care for Medicare Beneficiaries (PDF)
- Bellin Health Partners: The Evolution of Annual Wellness Visits (PDF)
- Henry Ford Accountable Care Organization's Beneficiary Engagement Strategy (PDF)
- Montefiore Accountable Care Organization's Provider Engagement Strategy (PDF)
- Partners HealthCare ACO and the Three-Day Rule Waiver: Implementation Approach and Lessons Learned (PDF)
- Rocky Mountain ACO's Approach to Care Coordination in Rural Areas (PDF)
- Rogosin Institute's Initiative to Promote Health Literacy (PDF)
A series of three Accelerated Development Learning Sessions were held in select cities across the country. Additional information on each Session can be accessed below:
- ACO: Accelerated Development Learning Sessions - For existing or emerging Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to develop a broad and deep understanding of how to establish and implement core functions to improve care delivery and population health while reducing growth in costs.