Family Practice of Grand Island (FPGI) belongs to the Midwest Health Coalition – Midwest Independent Physician Practice Association, also known as MIPPA. MIPPA is an accountable care organization (ACO)—a group of doctors, hospitals, and/or other health care providers that work together to improve the quality and experience of the care you receive. Our practice chose to be a part of an ACO because we think it will help us provide better care for our patients. As a participating practice partner with MIPPA, we are evaluated on the quality of care we deliver and cost savings achieved by both Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.
Medicare evaluates how well each ACO meets these goals every year. ACOs that perform well can earn a financial bonus which can be invested in your care and/or a portion can be shared directly with your health care providers. ACOs may owe a penalty if their care increases costs.
FPGI’s participation in the ACO does not limit your choice of health care providers. Your Medicare benefits do not change. You still have the right to visit any doctor, hospital, or other provider that accepts Medicare at any time—just like you do now.
ACOs have agreements with Medicare to be financially accountable for the quality, cost, and experience of the care you receive.
Coordinated care can avoid wasted time and costs for repeated tests and unnecessary appointments. It may make it easier to spot potential problems before they become more serious, like drug interactions that can happen if one doctor is not aware of what another has prescribed.
ACOs may also use electronic health records, care managers, and electronic prescriptions to help you stay healthy. Some ACOs have special programs to encourage you to have a primary care visit or use their care management team. Your participation in these programs is optional.