Healthy Communities ACO
What is Healthy Communities ACO?
Healthy communities ACO is a newly formed network of physicians and other health care providers collaborating under common governance to bring high quality, coordinated care at a reduced rate of cost to Medicare Fee-for – Service patients. In January 2017, Healthy Communities ACO was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Healthy Communities ACO has signed a three year renewable agreement with CMS to serve its Medicare Fee-for –Service beneficiaries whose providers participate in Healthy Communities ACO at a reduced rate of cost.
What’s the purpose of Healthy Communities ACO?
Recent healthcare reforms are changing the old way of doing business by introducing new requirements and incentives to improve quality and efficiency. In response,physicians, hospitals and other health care providers must adapt and raise the level of performance. Healthy Communities ACO is a collaborative effort that will help all participating providers meet these new quality and efficiency standards and take advantage of the resulting incentives.
Who may participate in Healthy Communities ACO?
All physicians who are committed to providing quality, appropriate and efficient care to Medicare Fee-for –Service beneficiaries while reducing costs are encouraged to apply to participate in Healthy Communities ACO. Critical access hospitals, rural health centers and federally qualified health centers are also encouraged to collaborate with Healthy Communities ACO and share in the savings. Healthy Communities ACO members will work together to ensure all providers meet performance standards on quality of care and help Medicare Fee-for Service patients navigate the health system.
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