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AppleCare Medical Group is now a Medicare Shared Saving Plan (MSSP) ACO.

APPLECARE MEDICAL GROUP ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATION (ACO)

In September 2012, AppleCare Medical Group was approved by Medicare to become a Medicare Shared Saving Plan (MSSP) ACO.

WHAT IS AN ACO?

ACO refers to a group of providers and suppliers of services (e.g. hospitals, physicians, and others involved in patient care) that will work together to coordinate care for the Medicare Fee-For-Service patients they serve. The goal of an ACO is to deliver seamless, high-quality care for Medicare beneficiaries, instead of the fragmented care that often results from a Fee-For-Service payment system in which different providers receive different, disconnected payments. The ACO is a patient-centered organization where the patient and providers are true partners in a care decision.

IS ACO INSURANCE?

ACO is not an insurance, patients are Medicare Fee-For-Service, not capitated. They do not require authorizations to be seen and services will still be paid by Medicare.

HOW CAN PROVIDERS PARTICIPATE?

To participate in the AppleCare Medical Group ACO, providers can contact Network Management at (714) 443-4510 to discuss joining our ACO.

WHAT WILL CMS FOCUS ON?

CMS will measure quality of care using nationally recognized measures in four key domains: patient experience, care coordination/patient safety, preventive health, and at-risk population. These measures are aligned with the measure in other CMS programs such as the Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

HOW ACOS HELP DOCTORS COORDINATE CARE

Health care providers have reported that a barrier to improving care coordination is lack of information. While they may know about the services they provide to the beneficiary, they don’t know about all other services provided to the beneficiary. To better treat patients and to coordinate their care, ACOs will be able to request Medicare claims information about their patient from CMS. (Before doing so, ACOs must notify a beneficiary in writing that it will request having their claims information shared. Beneficiaries can decline to share their information.)

RESOURCES

www.cms.gov/sharedshavingsprogram

ACO Participant List 2014

ACO Governing Board

ACO Public Reporting Records

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