What is an ACO?

An ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers who come together voluntarily to coordinate high quality care for Medicare patients, like you, to better meet your individual needs and preferences. Coordinated care helps patients get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services.

If you have any questions about Optum California ACO or the government’s Next Generation ACO Model, you can call Optum California ACO at 1-855-414-1226, contact your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), or call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048 or 711. You can also get more information online at the websites below:
• Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: http://www.medicare.gov/manage-your-health/coordinating-your-care/accountable-care-organizations.html
• Next Generation ACO Model: http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Next-Generation-ACO-Model