Frequently Asked Questions
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- What is an ACO - Accountable Care Organization?
- How Does an ACO benefit the Patient?
- Do Medicare Benefits Change?
- Can Patients still choose their Doctors?
- What personal information does the ACO have access to?
- Does the Patient need to do anything with the letter sent announcing our participation in the ACO?
- If a patient chooses not to share information does the quality of their care change?
Q. What is an ACO - Accountable Care Organization?
Group of doctors and healthcare providers who agree to work
with Medicare to provide the best possible care for patients
keep the most up-to-date information about their patient's health.
Q. How Does an ACO benefit the Patient?
- Doctors can do more to follow the patient's health through increased
- Up-to-date information is quickly and easily shared by the patient's team
- Patients avoid having duplicate tests or answering same questions
over and over
- Overall better healthcare experience
Q. Do Medicare Benefits Change?
- No - Patients are still in Original Medicare, and Medicare benefits, services,
rights, and protections won't change including the choice to see any doctor,
hospital, or other provider
that accepts Medicare
Q. Can Patients still choose their Doctors?
- Absolutely - Patients can still see any doctor, hospital, or other provider
that accepts Medicare
Q. What personal information does the ACO have access to?
- To help doctors give patients the best possible care, Medicare wants to share some additional information about your care with them. This information includes things like doctor, hospital, and pharmacy visits in the past and moving forward.
- Medicare will not share information about alcohol or drug treatment history unless the patient chooses to allow it in writing.
- Patients can change their preferences at any time to disallow or allow sharing of information by speaking with their primary care phisician - or - Call 1-800-MEDICARE and say that you wish Medicare to stop sharing your personal information with Quality Independent Physicians, or that you want to talk about ACOs. (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048)
Q. Does the Patient need to do anything with the letter sent announcing our participation in the ACO?
- No - It is our office, not the patient, which is participating in the ACO. No action needs to be taken to continue receiving care.
Q. If a patient chooses not to share information does the quality of their care change?
- No - It will not change the care from our practice or the benefits received from Medicare.
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