Aiming to help physicians provide quality care for patients while keeping costs down, an accountable care organization (ACO) is made up of coordinated health care professionals who provide medical care for a group of patients, with the goal of:
Providing better health outcomes for patients
Lowering per capita costs
Encouraging investment in healthcare infrastructure
ACOs encourage providers of services and suppliers to create a new type of health care entity that agrees to be held accountable for improving the health and experience of care for individuals and improving the health of populations while reducing the rate of growth in health care spending.