Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs, are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to provide coordinated, high-quality care to Medicare patients. Coordinated care helps patients, especially chronically ill patients, receive the right care, at the right time, and in the most effective setting for the patient.

When doctors and other health care providers work together to coordinate patient care, the outcomes can result in higher quality and lower cost care. Doctors always want to provide high-quality care to their patients, but are sometimes challenged by how best to communicate with each other to ensure timely, coordinated care. ACOs, like BIDCO, create systems and incentives for health care providers to work together to treat individual patients and populations of patients across the care continuum. 

It is important to know that patients do not “join” an ACO; rather, doctors and hospitals can choose to participate in an ACO. If your doctor participates in an ACO you will automatically receive the benefits of an ACO, including better coordinated care. Your Medicare benefits remain unchanged regardless of whether your doctor participates in an ACO.
For more information on Medicare or ACOs, please visit www.medicare.gov or call 1-800 MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048 for any questions/concerns. You may also contact BIDCO’s ACO staff listed below for any questions.

Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin
Director of Public Payer Programs & Policy; Compliance Officer 
cubaldwi@bidmc.harvard.edu, or by phone at 617- 754-1098

Eryn Gallagher
Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications
elgallag@bidmc.harvard.edu, or by phone at 617-754-1080

 

ACO Resources and Materials:

Transparency Reporting

BIDCO Skilled Nursing Facility 3-Day Waiver FAQs (NOTE: BIDCO’s SNF Waiver Program is not in effect August 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016)

BIDCO Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) 3 Day Waiver Participants (NOTE: BIDCO’s SNF Waiver Program is not in effect August 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016)

Medicare FAQ on Accountable Care Organizations