Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

ACOs are defined by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high-quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coodinated care is to ensure that patients get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. 

When an ACO succeeds both in delivering high-quality care and spending health care dollars more wisely, the ACO will share in the savings it achieves for the Medicare program. 

The PCC believes that primary care is the foundation of a successful ACO that uses transparent performance measures to achieve the Quadruple Aim of improving population health, improving patients' experience of care, reducing the total cost of care, and improving the work life of health care providers. In an ACO, strong primary care physician leadership of the care team is necessary to improve care coodination, and enhance preventitive care delivery.


For more information about ACO's visit the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) website 


HHS Office of the Inspector General | August 2017
This resource looks at how ACOs can produce higher-value care by improving quality while reducing costs. The study looks at data measuring spending and quality over the first three years of the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Overall, spending was reduced by about $1 billion, while quality measures improved over the three years.
Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative | July 2017
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality | October 2016
Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst | September 2016
NAACOS | June 2016
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