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What is an ACO?

Simply stated, an ACO is a group of health care providers who agree to take on a shared responsibility for the care of a defined population of patients while assuring active management of both the quality and cost of that care.

Accountable Care Organizations Take Root in Minnesota – A link to a MDH news release from October 21, 2015.

ACOs Flourishing in 2014, Study Reports – A link to an AAFP webpage that highlights a recent study by Leavitt Partners, a health care intelligence company.

AAFP Resources Offer Guide to ACO Decision-Making – The AAFP has many resources on its website to help members understand the myriad issues that play into the decision-making process that precedes entering into a business arrangement such as an ACO. In addition, family physicians are invited to e-mail the AAFP or call (800) 274-2237 to discuss any additional questions about ACOs with an AAFP staff member.

Minnesota Accountable Health Model – In February 2013, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) awarded Minnesota a State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant of over $45 million to use across a three-year period ending October 2016. The goal is to help its providers and communities work together to create healthier futures for Minnesotans.

What is an ACO? - A link to information from the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, as well as a video called “What is an ACO?”

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