Improving the Quality of Care for Medicare Patients: ACOs

March 2016
Author: 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Participation in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) creates incentives for health care providers to work together to treat an individual patient across care settings—including doctor’s offices, hospitals and long-term care facilities. This fact sheet describes the quality measures and the method for scoring an ACO’s performance for purposes of meeting the quality performance standard under the Medicare Shared Savings Program.