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ADC now part of an ACO

The Austin Diagnostic Clinic is now participating in a Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization

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ADC Medicare patients will soon receive a letter from SW Provider Partners notifying them that their doctor is now participating in an Accountable Care Organization or ACO.

What is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?

  • ACOs are groups of doctors and other health care providers who voluntarily work together with Medicare to give you high quality service and care at the right time in the right setting.
  • Your doctor has agreed to participate in a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO and to work closely with other doctors and health care providers in the ACO to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries, like yourself, who have traditional Medicare.
  • The ACO may share in any savings that result from providing you with high quality and more coordinated care.

ACOs do not change your Medicare benefits

  • An ACO is not a Medicare Advantage plan or an HMO plan
  • If you have traditional Medicare, you still have the right to see any doctor or admit to any hospital who accepts Medicare at any time.
  • Your ADC doctor may continue to recommend that you see particular doctors for your specific health needs, but it is always your choice about what doctors you see or hospitals you visit.

How will an ACO help my doctor coordinate my care?

  • YOu may benefit because your doctors will be part of a coordinated team.
  • You may not have to complete as many medical forms that ask for the same information.
  • Each of your doctors will know about the health issues they’ve treated and will have a more complete picture of your health through talking with other doctors.

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns, you may speak with ADC’s Directory of Quality Improvement Programs at any time by calling 1-512-901-4471.  You may also visit www.medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048).

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