The ACO’s goal is to support your doctor in caring for you by making sure they have all of the most current information about your healthcare. This means your doctors communicate better with each other, and you avoid having duplicate tests or answering the same questions over and over. By working together, your doctors will have a more complete picture of your health, which helps them make better treatment decisions to be sure you receive the best possible care.
Doctors and other healthcare providers choose to participate in an ACO because they’re committed to improving your health. Your doctor’s participation in an ACO gives you access to additional resources to better coordinate your care. Some types of programs you may benefit from include:
- Working with a care coordinator who facilitates communication. This healthcare professional talks to you and helps you talk to your doctor, other health care providers, and your family/caregiver(s). They also make sure all of your health providers are talking to each other and working toward the same goals – your goals.
- State-of-the art technology that allows your care team to share information. That reduces you having to provide the same information multiple times at different locations, and all of your doctors and care providers can share test results rather than you having and paying for multiple tests.