GW Health Network is a partnership of healthcare providers committed to providing you the patient with the highest level of quality care to make a difference in your life. GW Health Network providers strive to deliver to you the patient the right healthcare, at the right place, and the right time.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has established the Shared Savings Program to help Medicare fee-for-service program providers achieve better health for individuals, better population health, and lower the growth in healthcare expenditures. The Shared Savings Program offers doctors, hospitals, and suppliers an opportunity to create an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
An ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, and suppliers who have voluntarily come together and agreed to improve the quality, cost, and experience of care for its assigned Medicare fee-for-service beneficiary population. An ACO benefits patients like you by promoting coordinated and accountable care among your healthcare providers. Through an ACO providers work together to get you the right care, at the right time, in the right setting by promoting coordinated and accountable care . ACOs that deliver high-quality care and lower their growth in healthcare costs will share in the savings they achieve for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
The ACO will not increase your current share of medical expenses.
No, Accountable Care Organizations are not Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). HMOs are a type of health insurance plan that limit coverage of care to in-network providers. ACOs are not a type of health insurance plan. Unlike HMOs, ACOs allow beneficiaries the freedom to choose their own healthcare providers.
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For general questions or additional information about Accountable Care Organizations, please visit www.medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.