About 24 million Americans are currently participating in accountable care organizations (ACOs), including 8.9 million Medicare beneficiaries. However, physician participation is increasing, and the number of Americans in ACOs is also expected to increase shortly. This increase in physician participation will give patients and health care providers access to a larger team of doctors and other medical experts.
If you receive notice that your health care provider has joined an ACO, it is important to inquire about potential changes. These include how referrals will work in the future and opportunities to take part in wellness programs.
These findings were published in The Washington Post on April 4, 2016.