Dear All Physicians,
Congratulation, you’re a part of the physicians directed solution of CMS to save Medicare!
The following will occur in coming weeks:
Your patients will receive a letter from CMS indicating that their physician is a part of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
Patients may call your office, inquiring about the letter. Please inform your patient that:
ü Doctors ACO is a group of doctors, who work together to provide you with better, more coordinated care. Physicians in an ACO communicate with you & with each other to ensure that you get the care you need when you’re sick, and the support you need to stay healthy and well
ü An ACO isn’t an HMO, managed care or insurance company. 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
ü Your right to choose any hospital or doctor that accepts Medicare, at any time, will not change even if that doctor or hospital not part of an ACO
ü The providers participating in the ACO will become partners with you in making care decisions. You don't have to have the same medical tests done over and over because your results are shared among your health care team
ü The privacy and security of your medical information is protected by Federal law. The group of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers working together in the ACO will be able to read your medical records, along with other office staff authorized to help coordinate your care