What is an Accountable Care Organization?

An accountable care organization (ACO) is a group of physicians and other health care providers such as hospitals that takes responsibility for the care and cost of delivering that care to a defined population of patients. Instead of providers being paid for each service performed, the ACO model rewards outcomes that patients care about, aligning financial and clinical interests.

Hospitals and physicians join an ACO with the understanding that they will make quality of patient care a key focus. If the ACO meets all the quality benchmarks and the population’s cost of care is below the established threshold, the ACO can share that savings among its members.

What is different about Caravan Health's ACO Model?


Caravan Health’s partner ACOs outperform all other ACOs in the industry. As a member of a Caravan Health ACO, you will be set up for success by generating new revenues through preventive care, achieving high quality and MIPS scores, and achieving revenue growth through payment bonuses and shared savings.

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  Created with Sketch. FINANCIAL GAINS INCREASED ENGAGEMENT BETTER DATA AND REPORTING CORE TRAINING EXTENSIVE RESOURCES CHANGE MANAGEMENT THE CARAVAN DIFFERENCE. ACOs offer their own sets of rewards, challenges, and pitfalls, but when with Caravan Health, you’ll beat your benchmark year after year. Click through the different benefits to learn more. Nurse-driven ACO models are more successful and sustainable, clinically and financially. We train population heath nurses to lead preventive care, chronic care management, care planning, and behavioral health integration. Teaching participants about payment models that reward improved community health has produced an average increase of 5-7% inpatient revenue and $250- $500 per patient wellness revenue for our ACOs. We offer solutions to care coordination and scalable, data-based predictions about disease progression, management, and prevention. This leads to increased engagement among clinicians and with existing and new patients. We continually gather, study, and report on data collected from within and beyond our ACOs to ensure participating organizations have actionable information that yields improved care at lower costs. Our expert staff, vast ACO network, templated legal documents, turnkey systems, and on-demand resources and expertise allow ACO participants to optimize care delivery and improve patient outcomes. Organizational change is hard, but necessary. We ease this burden and support staff at all levels of your organization by employing our effective communication, education, and onboarding processes.
250+ Hospitals, ACOs big enough to succeed
100%25 CMS MSSP Application Approval
95%25 and higher ACO quality scores
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