SSM Health chose to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings program in St. Louis as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in 2014 and continues to participate in 2020. Starting on January 1, 2020, SSM Health is expanding its participation in the Medicare Shared Savings program in Southern Illinois by launching its second ACO, SSM IL ACO, LLC. By participating as an ACO, it means that our providers are working together, with original Medicare, to provide you better service and care. In Southern Illinois, SSM Health is also working together to coordinate care with two Critical Access Hospitals that serve Southern Illinois.
For both ACOs, 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 consulted about 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