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Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

Allina Health is participating in a Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program.

An ACO is a group of doctors, hospitals, and health care providers working together with Medicare to give better service and care to patients.

The goals of the ACO program are:

  • better care for individual patients
  • better health for our communities
  • affordable care for all.

Allina Health did not qualify for shared savings in PY1.

This ACO is only for fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare patients and not Medicare Advantage based beneficiaries.

Where can I find more information about ACOs?

To learn more about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), you can do the following:

  • Visit cms.gov/ACO.
  • Visit medicare.gov/acos.
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day/7 days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

PDF iconAccountable Care Organizations and you: Frequently asked questions for people with Medicare

Data sharing changes

Opt out of sharing personal health information

To help you get the best possible care, Medicare shares information with Allina Health about the care their patients get. Having this information helps your doctor(s) and health care team give you the best possible care. Your privacy is very important to us, and you control how your personal information is used. To prevent Medicare from sharing your personal information with Allina Health:

Consent to change your personal health information preference

Complete and return the form below if you want to change your previous decision about whether Medicare may or may not share your personal health information with Allina Health for use in coordinating your care.

Release your alcohol or drug treatment information

To protect your privacy, Medicare usually doesn’t share information about alcohol or drug treatment with ACOs. However, having this information can help your doctor better coordinate your care. You can give Medicare permission to include alcohol or drug treatment records in the information Medicare shares with ACOs. To give your permission for Medicare to share your alcohol or drug abuse treatment information with Allina Health:

These forms are for patients who were contacted via U.S. mail in January 2013.