What can I expect if my doctor is participating in the Accountable Care Coalition of Tennessee?
You can expect your doctor will coordinate your care with specialists and other healthcare providers in your community to make sure you receive the right care at the right time. You may even experience additional benefits and enhancements. For people with complex conditions, for example, the doctor may introduce you to a care coordinator, at no additional fee, to help you maintain your best health.
Additional information about the ACO from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services appears below.
Information for Medicare Fee-For-Service, also known as Original Medicare, beneficiaries whose doctor is participating in the Accountable Care Coalition of Tennessee:
The Medicare Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model was established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help healthcare providers coordinate their beneficiaries’ care more closely with each other and see that they get the right care at the right time.
Your Medicare benefits stay the same whether you use a physician participating in the
Accountable Care Coalition of Tennessee or not. That means there are no changes in cost or coverage. You are not being enrolled into a Medicare Advantage or Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan, and this does not change your Medicare Supplement coverage. You can still choose to see any doctor or go to any hospital that accepts Medicare.
Your Primary Care Physician may continue to recommend that you see particular providers for your specific health needs, but it's always your choice of what doctors you use or hospitals you visit.
Although your benefits stay the same, you may experience new rewards and enhancements to your care due to your physician’s participation in a Medicare Next Generation ACO Model.
3-day Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Rule Waiver: Under current Medicare law, Medicare only covers care in a SNF if a patient has a prior three-day inpatient hospital stay. This new feature may allow beneficiaries to get Medicare-covered SNF services at certain participating SNFs without a mandatory three-day inpatient hospital stay. For a list of participating SNFs, click here.
Post-Discharge Home Visits: Certain Accountable Care Coalition of Tennessee providers are expanding their post-discharge service to provide more comprehensive follow-up care at home after discharge from a hospital to help with the sometimes-challenging transition between the hospital and home. For a list of participating physicians, please click here.
Telehealth Expansion: Telehealth services allow beneficiaries to receive some health care services in the comfort of their home, rather than having to travel to see their physician or specialist, by using real-time communication between the beneficiary and his/her primary care doctor or specialist. For a list of participating physicians, please click here.
You can learn more about these initiatives by visiting the following web page: