We are partnering with the NM Department of Health in NM’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program.
Zia ACO was established for the sole and express purpose of building a community of clinicians whose focus is on value-based contracts and the underpinnings that drive success in those programs (i.e. patient satisfaction, care coordination, utilization management, etc.).
What is an ACO?
An Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Zia is a network of doctors and hospitals who agree to work together with Medicare and shares responsibility for delivering high-quality, coordinated care to patients.
The goal of the ACO is to support your doctor in caring for you. ACOs help your doctor and health care providers work together more closely, by making sure they have the most up-to-date information about your health and your care. For you, this means your doctors communicate better with each other and you avoid having duplicate tests or answering the same questions over and over. Working together, your doctors can do more to follow your health, make sure you get the best possible care and may hire additional staff to help meet your unique care needs, depending 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. They may also be rewarded for offering you better, more coordinated care. If your doctor chooses to participate in an ACO, you will be notified, either in person or by letter.
An ACO isn’t the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan or Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). You’re still in Original Medicare and your Medicare benefits, services, rights and protections won’t change. You still have the right to use any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare at any time, the same way you do now.