PVAC is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) located in western Massachusetts serving Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries throughout the Pioneer Valley.
You may be wondering what an "ACO" is; Medicare ACOs are comprised of groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers and suppliers who come together voluntarily to provide coordinated, high-quality care at lower costs to their Original Medicare patients, ensuring patients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.
PVAC is participating in a new MEDICARE initiative called the Next Generation Accountable Care Model (NGACO), a population-based payment initiative for health care organizations and providers who are experienced in coordinating care for patients across care settings. Medicare created this Model to improve the quality of care for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries through care coordination and disease management. PVAC's goal is to work closely with your doctor to help meet your healthcare needs. A list of participating physician groups, hospitals, and Preferred Providers can be found on the "About Us" link located on the navigation bar. The participating and preferred providers on these lists have chosen to work with PVAC because they are committed to providing patients with a high quality health care experience. The goal of the NGACO is better health for populations, better care for individuals, and lower growth in expenditures.
Any patient who has multiple doctors probably understands the frustration of fragmented and disconnected care. ACOs are designed to improve the partnership between patients and doctors in making healthcare decisions. Medicare beneficiaries will have improved control over their health care, and their doctors can provide quality care because they will have improved information about their patient's medical history and can communicate with the patient's other doctors. Medicare beneficiaries whose doctors participate in an ACO will still have a full choice of providers and can still choose to see doctors outside of the ACO. Patients choosing to receive care from providers participating in ACOs will have access to information about how well their doctors, hospitals, or other caregivers are meeting quality standards.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about Medicare and Accountable Care Organizations or the Next Generation ACO Model, you can obtain additional information online at the websites listed below.