On January 1, 2015, Springfield Clinic achieved status as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Springfield Clinic and its entire network of offices, providers and services will join leading health care organizations across the country as a Medicare ACO in the Medicare Shared Savings Program established by CMS.
An ACO is a group of health care providers who work closely together to provide more coordinated care for their patients. An ACO’s aim is to improve each patient’s health, either by making sure they get the care they need when they are sick, or providing the support patients need to stay healthy. The end result is not only improved individual wellness, but a healthier population overall and more effective management of health care expenditures.
Springfield Clinic’s goal as an ACO is to put our patients at the center of our care, ensuring we deliver the right care at the right time in the right setting.
To do so effectively, an ACO needs access to your health information. By viewing what health issues have already been addressed and how they have been treated, your Springfield Clinic provider can better coordinate the health care you receive in the future.
For general questions or additional information about Accountable Care Organizations, please visit www.medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
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