Frequently Asked Questions
What’s An Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?
- 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 Program 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.
Will an ACO Change My 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 see any doctor or hospital who accepts Medicare, at any time.
- Your MetroHealth provider may continue to recommend that you see particular doctors for your specific health needs, but it’s always your choice about what doctors you see 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’ve treated, they will have a more complete picture of your health through talking with your other doctors.
What is MetroHealth Care Partners?
MetroHealth Care Partners is a Medicare Shared Savings Program – Accountable Care Organization (ACO) An ACO is a group of doctors and other healthcare providers who agree to work together with Medicare to give you the best possible, coordinated care. The goal of the ACO is to support your doctor in caring for you by making sure they have the most up-to-date information about your health and your care. For you, this means your doctors communicate better with each other, and you avoid having duplicate tests or answering the same questions over and over. Working together, your doctors can do more to follow your health, make sure you get the best possible care, and may hire additional staff to help meet your unique care needs, depending on what works best for you.
How do I know if my doctor is in MetroHealth Care Partners?
All of The MetroHealth System’s providers participate in MetroHealth Care Partners ACO.