• ACO

    WHAT IS AN ACO?

    Wiki defines an ACO thusly:.  “an organization of health care providers that agrees to be accountable for the quality, cost, and overall care of Medicare beneficiaries who are enrolled in the traditional fee-for-service program who are assigned to it.”
    An ACO, sometimes mistakedly called an AOC,  is a relatively new concept in healthcare.  The Medicare program pays the group of providers a lump sum to take care of a predetermined, finite, number of patients.  In this way, it is hoped that doctors will voluntarily limit repetition of services.  It is hoped that health providers will use the tools of digitalization of medicine to form linkages with other medical consultants to improve health care, and lower costs.  The jury is out on that one.\, and we have to see if it will work.

    Here is a video of the Pioneer Model of ACO

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