Mercy Accountable Care Organizations

Mercy Accountable Care Organizations

Custom Health Care for Your Needs

The Mercy ACO is a statewide organization comprised of doctors and other health professionals dedicated to Triple Aim Goals:

  • Lower Costs
  • Better Health Care Services
  • Improved Health of the Population

The Mercy ACO is comprised of more than 2,300 doctors and 500 practice sites organized into regional ACOs and clinically integrated networks. The ACO is organized under federal law, which allows it to enter into contracts with insurance companies to provide services to defined populations of patients and be rewarded for successfully improving their care and lowering their costs.

The Mercy ACO helps reduce hospital admissions, emergency department visits and other expensive care. Medicare and other health insurers report they have saved more than $65 million in health care costs in the past five years as a result of the Mercy ACO’s efforts. Learn more here.

Custom care through the Mercy Health Network Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) addresses your individual health needs to best suit you. Plus, working with an ACO doesn’t affect your Medicare benefits.

See What Makes an ACO Different
Consistent care from the same physician in the same clinical setting is the key to success for an ACO. An ACO considers your whole health. It gets you the right care at the right time for the right reasons.

  • Patients choose their doctors. They are encouraged to select a primary care physician (PCP). Regular visits to the PCP handle all health care needs.
  • Medicare benefits don’t change. You have the right to use any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare.
  • Patients always choose doctors, providers and hospitals. Your doctor may recommend particular doctors or health care providers, but you decide.
  • No specialist referrals are required.
  • More benefits are here.

Reasons to Choose a Mercy ACO
The Health Coach Program, a main part of the Mercy ACO, provides one-on-one care. Health Coaches help patients set and achieve health goals. Health Coaches, who are licensed registered nurses, work with primary care physicians in primary care clinics. They follow up with patients who are at higher risk for developing chronic illnesses. They work with healthy patients, too. They set up reminders for regular health care screenings.

Learn more about Mercy Health Coaches and how they put a custom plan into action for each patient. With the patient, they create a plan to meet each person’s specific needs. For example, a plan might include:

  • Education about specific conditions or risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, weight or high cholesterol
  • Healthy eating tips
  • Exercise plans
  • A timeline for follow-up visits

Mercy Health Coaches offer ongoing support and encouragement for each person. Every goal is unique. The main one is to help patients be as healthy as possible.

Find an ACO
Mercy Health Network’s accountable care department provides management services for four Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). These ACOs represent a variety of value-based arrangements with government insurance programs, non-profit health insurers and commercial (private) health insurers. These ACOs also share goals of the Triple Aim; i.e., improve population health and individual patient care while reducing health care costs for all patients.
The accountable care department provides services to the following ACOs:

  • Mercy ACO, LLC
  • Mercy Rural ACO, LLC
  • MHN Partners ACO, LLC
  • Mercy Health Network ACO, LLC

Quality of care and patient safety are top priorities. We work to get the best results for you.
Educational programs and classes are nearby to help you get and stay healthy.