What is an ACO?

What are Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations?
Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to take on shared responsibility for the care of a defined population of patients while assuring active management of both the quality and cost of that care.

New York Medical Partners ACO is a collaboration between community physicians, other health care providers and South Nassau Communities Hospital working together whose collective goal is to ensure you receive the right care at the right time, through improved communication and coordination, to avoid potential duplication of services and preventing medical errors.

What does this mean for me as a patient?
As a patient, you benefit by receiving improved, more coordinated care from your health care providers working together and sharing information to improve quality of care. This patient-centered approach can help increase your access to care and potentially reduce paperwork and unnecessary testing.

It is important for you to know that your Medicare benefits are not changing. The Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO is not an HMO plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan. Medicare patients who see providers that are participating in a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO maintain all their Medicare rights, including the right to choose any doctors and providers that accept Medicare. Whether a provider chooses to participate in an Shared Savings Program ACO or not, their patients with Medicare may continue to see them.

For general questions or additional information about Accountable Care Organizations, please visit www.cms.gov and do a search using that term, or call 1-800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.