Understanding Accountable Care

An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is comprised of doctors, medical groups, hospitals, and other healthcare professionals who work together to deliver high-quality, coordinated care to the patients they serve. It’s called an Accountable Care Organization because these healthcare professionals hold themselves “accountable” for the quality of care and the health outcomes of each patient under their care.

Coordinated care helps patients get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services.

Mission Health is a part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Managed Shared Savings Program ACO Model. Through this effort, Managed Shared Savings Program ACOs are committed to achieving better care for individuals, better health for populations, and reduced expenditures.

For patients enrolled in the original Medicare program, relationships with Managed Shared Savings Program ACO providers will NOT limit available benefits, and Medicare beneficiaries will still have the right to use any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare, at any time.

To learn more about the CMS Managed Shared Savings Program ACO Model, please visit medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

Accountable Care Means Responsible Care

Members of Mission Health Coordinated Care work closely together to provide highly coordinated healthcare to patients throughout Northern New Jersey. Our quality-focused team features primary care physicians working in conjunction with medical specialists and healthcare services affiliated with St. Joseph’s Health – including St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center in Wayne. Every patient that receives care from a member of the Mission Health Coordinated Care team benefits from a system designed to improve overall health and quality of life.

The Mission Health Coordinated Care formula for success is clear – emphasize patient choice and participation, maximize care coordination and quality, and reduce costs.

The Mission Health ACO establishes a network of physicians and healthcare providers that share responsibility for providing coordinated care to each patient. At the heart of every patient’s care is a primary care physician.