Accountable Care Organizations

An Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a group of health care providers – including primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals and extended care facilities – that is held accountable for the cost and quality of care delivered to a defined subset of traditional Medicare program beneficiaries or other defined populations, such as commercial health plan subscribers. The ACO health care model is part of the 2009 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and payers hope that ACOs will save money while improving quality.

American Academy of Family Physicians Resources

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Resources

Other Resources