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What is an accountable care organization, or ACO?

Doctors work to provide high-quality care, but it can be a challenge to juggle information among all the entities providing care for a patient. Medicare wants to ensure that doctors have the timely information they need in order to provide this care.That’s why Medicare provides benefits to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers that join together to coordinate health care. These organizations that they form are called accountable care organizations, or ACOs. If you have original Medicare and your doctor, hospital or health care provider joins other health care providers through an ACO, you’ll benefit from the coordinated efforts of this team. They’ll work together to get you the right care at the right time in the right setting.