Happy Senior Couple Enjoying Their Day In Nature

Accountable Care Organization

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

Senior Couple Dancing At Home

What is an 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 ACO and to work closely with other doctors and care teams within 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.

More Information

ACOs Don’t 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 use any doctor or hospital who accepts Medicare, at any time.
  • Your ACO doctor may continue to recommend that you see particular providers for your specific health needs, but it’s always your choice about what provider you use or hospitals you visit.


How Will an ACO Help My Doctor Coordinate My Care?

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


How ACOs Share Information

Accountable Care Network providers will use data from Medicare to help improve how they provide care. For example, your doctors will get your medical information from Medicare to help them to know your medical history, including your medical conditions, prescriptions, and visits to the doctor, and give you the right care at the right time in the right setting.

Physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers working together in an ACO are able to read your medical records, along with other office staff authorized to help coordinate your care. The privacy and security of your medical information is protected by federal law. You will continue to get the same rights enjoyed by all people with Medicare.


Declining to Share Your Health Information

Your privacy is very important to us, and you control how your personal information is used.

To help you get the best possible care, Medicare shares information with the Accountable Care Network about the care their patients get. To prevent Medicare from sharing your personal information with the ACN:

Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048



Visit CMS.gov

Call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048).

A Senior Couple Crouching And Petting A Dog.

Healthy Living Tips

Sign up for our free newsletters to get the best of our healthy living tips and the latest news from Cuyuna Regional Medical Center delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe Now