Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors and other health care providers who voluntarily work together with Medicare to give you high quality service and care at the right time in the right setting.
Your doctor has agreed to participate in a Medicare Shared Savings ACO and to work closely with other doctors and health care providers in the ACO to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries, like yourself, who have traditional Medicare.
The ACO may share in any savings that result from providing you with high quality and more coordinated care.
ACOs Don't Change Your Medicare Benefits
- An ACO is not a Medicare Advantage plan or an HMO plan.
- If you have traditional Medicare, you still have the right to use any doctor or hospital who accepts Medicare, at any time.
- Your doctor may continue to recommend that you see particular doctors for your specific health needs, but it is always your choice about what 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 have treated, they will have a more complete picture of your health through talking with your other doctors.
ACO Contact Information
If you have questions or concerns, you can talk with your John C. Lincoln physician's office anytime. You can also visit Medicare.gov's ACO page or call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048).
For answers to frequently asked questions, download this Medicare beneficiary fact sheet (PDF document; requires free Adobe Reader software).
Creating an Advance Directive
No one wants to think about the possibility of something bad happening to them or their loved ones. However, it's important to be prepared by having advance directives, which are documents such as a living will, medical and/or mental health power of attorney and pre-hospital do not resuscitate directive.
John C. Lincoln ACO Forms
Contact your doctor's office for any forms you may need.