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Meritus Health Selected As Accountable Care Organization in Medicare

Meritus Health is selected as one of 123 new Accountable Care Organizations, providing approximately 1.5 million more beneficiaries.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - There is now good news for patients at Meritus Health. They now have the option to take advantage of new Medicare benefits.
Meritus Health was chosen as one of the many accountable care organizations in the nation, providing additional access to quality healthcare.
Since the Affordable Care Act, more than one million Americans can enjoy Medicare benefits. With more than 300 Accountable Care Organizations established, patients have extra access to coordinated care.
"Well, the biggest worry that I have if I was a patience hearing anything about healthcare is 'How does it affect me?'" said Robert Cirincione, Tri-state Health Partner chief medical officer.
Patients will receive a letter in the mail notifying them about the Accountable Care Organization, an increased of communication between physicians.
"ACO allows physicians to look at patients' health records between hospitals so your primary care doctor will know what you need," said Cirincione.
The move will do three things: improve quality care, improve patients' experience, and reduce costs. However, patients also have the chance to opt out if they don't want to take part in the new change.
"They can sign a document which will exclude their personal data from the analysis," said Cirincione.
Growth in Medicare spending hit historic lows from 2010 until now, a trend physicians hope to continue.
Approximately one in five Accountable Care Organizations include community health centers and critical access hospitals that serve low-income communities.
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