Accountable Care Organization

ACO’s are groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to provide coordinated, high quality care to the Medicare patients they serve.  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. BIDCO’s primary care and specialist physicians are one of only 32 participating organizations across the country who were selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to be a Pioneer ACO, an ACO designation under the CMS Innovation Center.  

When doctors and other healthcare providers work together to coordinate patient care, the outcomes can result in higher quality of care with lower costs.  Doctors want to provide high quality care to their patients, but are sometimes challenged by how best to communicate with each other to ensure timely and efficient care.   The ACO creates incentives for health care providers to work together to treat individual patients and populations of patients across the entire care continuum. 

Through ACO’s, patient will receive better coordinated care with less administrative burden.   Many Medicare patients become distanced from their care because they have multiple doctors.  This can result in fragmented care, lost clinical information, and duplicated tests and procedures, all resulting in unnecessary costs.  It is important to know that patients do not “join” an ACO, rather the physicians and hospitals join the ACO.  The beneficiary/patient receives all the benefits of better coordinated care without having to “enroll” in anything.  Your Medicare benefits remain the same regardless of whether your doctor is part of an ACO like ours.

You will find additional information on the Medicare website at www.medicare.gov. Beneficiaries can 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.

Kathy Moriarty; Sr. Patient & Provider Relations Specialist at:  kmoriar1@bidmc.harvard.edu
Open Position; ACO Program Officer
Linda Guerra; Director Provider & Payor Operations at: lguerra@bidmc.harvard.edu

Other ACO Related Information and Materials:

List of Pioneer ACO Providers

Medicare FAQ on Accountable Care Organizations

BIDCO's Governing Body-Review the list of BIDCO'S current Board of Managers

BIDCO Standing Committees- Review the list of BIDCO Committees