Accountable Care Organization (ACO)
SSM Health chose to participate in a Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program in 2014 and continues to participate in 2017. By participating in this program, it means that our providers are working together, with original Medicare, to provide you better service and care. View a list of new and renewing ACO program in 2017.
As an ACO, SSM Health uses advanced systems that let us more carefully track your care. The goal of the ACO is to support your doctor in caring for you. ACOs help your primary care provider and all others work together more closely, making sure they have the most up-to-date information about your health and your care.
For you, this means your doctors communicate better together, and you may avoid having duplicate tests or answering the same questions repeatedly. Working together, your doctors can do more to follow your health, making sure you receive the best possible care and consult you on what works best for you. Doctors and other health care providers choose to participate in an ACO because they’re committed to providing you with a better care experience.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can call us at 1-866-SSM-DOCS or bring it up next time you’re in your doctor’s office. You can also visit the ACO section of medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE and tell the operator you are asking about ACOs (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048).
Additional Information About ACOs