Accountable Care Organization
An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a group of doctors, hospitals, and healthcare providers who work together to provide coordinated care. When you choose Aurora BayCare, you get the benefits of a fully integrated medical community, through Aurora’s ACO.
Traditionally, people got each part of their healthcare from separate providers. This can create costly gaps or duplication of effort. But when patients receive care from an ACO, they get comprehensive health management from providers who share medical records and collaborate on care decisions.
Think of it like buying a car: Instead of purchasing the parts and assembling them yourself, an ACO provides coordinated health management that works better and costs less.
Benefits of Working with an ACO
Here are some of the ways an ACO health system can benefit you and your employees:
- Better coordinated care among primary care physicians, specialists, lab services, pharmacies and more.
- No unnecessary repeat tests or services, because a patient’s care records can be accessed through one electronic health record system.
- Care providers have a more complete picture of a patient’s history, so they can make better, more timely decisions about care.
- Employees spend less time filling out medical history forms and records releases.
Reduce Costs, Lower Trend
The Aurora ACO has demonstrated that health costs can be lowered by coordinating care in a fully integrated medical network. We have helped employers reduce their per-member-per-month costs and kept their trend significantly below the state and national averages.
Our approach focuses on developing effective solutions for your group’s specific health risks. We use claims analyses to benchmark your group against average and best-practice standards.