Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

What’s an ACO? An ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to the Medicare patients they serve. Coordinated care helps ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, with the goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.


  • How ACOs Work

    • Local health care providers and hospitals volunteer to work together to provide you with coordinated care.
    • The doctors and other providers who are helping care for you will communicate with each other, and partner with you in making health care decisions.
    • You may spend less time filling out medical history paper work because your doctors may already have this information in an electronic health record.
    • You’ll likely have fewer repeated medical tests because your doctors and hospitals will share information and coordinate your care.
    • You’ll be in the center of care, and your doctors will be better able to keep you informed, and to keep listening and honoring your choices.
    • Unlike HMOs, managed care, or some insurance plans, an ACO can’t tell you which health care providers to see and can’t change your Medicare benefits.
  • How ACOs Share Information

    McLeod Healthcare Network ACO doctors will use data from Medicare to help improve how they provide care. For example, your doctors will get your medical information from Medicare to help them to know your medical history, including your medical conditions, prescriptions, and visits to the doctor, and give you the right care at the right time in the right setting. Doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers working together in an ACO are able to read your medical records, along with other office staff authorized to help coordinate your care. The privacy and security of your medical information is protected by federal law. You’ll continue to get the same rights enjoyed by all people with Medicare.


  • Declining to Share Your Health Information

    Your privacy is very important to us, and you control how your personal information is used.

    To help you get the best possible care, Medicare shares information with McLeod Healthcare Network ACO about the care their patients get. To prevent Medicare from sharing your personal information with McLeod Healthcare Network ACO:

    Call 1.800.MEDICARE (633.4227).
    TTY users should call 1.877.486.2048.

  • Consent to Change Your Personal Health Information Preference

    Call 1.800.MEDICARE (633.4227).
    TTY users should call 1.877.486.2048.