Ochsner Accountable Care Network (OACN) is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) that consists of over 2,250 providers in Louisiana and Mississippi. OACN was founded to improve health outcomes and support efforts to improve population health across Louisiana and the Gulf South.
Ochsner Accountable Care Network is a Medicare ACO
What’s an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?
- ACOs are groups of doctors and other health care providers who voluntarily work together with Medicare to give you high quality service and care at the right time in the right setting.
- Your doctor has agreed to participate in a Medicare Shared Savings ACO and to work closely with other doctors and care teams within the ACO to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries, like yourself, who have traditional Medicare.
- The ACO may share in any savings that result from providing you with high quality and more coordinated care.
ACOs Don’t Change Your Medicare Benefits
- An ACO is not a Medicare Advantage plan or an HMO plan.
- If you have traditional Medicare, you still have the right to use any doctor or hospital who accepts Medicare, at any time.
- Your ACO doctor may continue to recommend that you see particular providers for your specific health needs, but it’s always your choice about what provider you use or hospitals you visit.
How Will an ACO Help My Doctor Coordinate My Care?
- You benefit because your doctors will be part of a better coordinated team.
- You may not have to fill out as many medical forms that ask for the same information.
- Each of your doctors will not only know about the health issues they’ve treated, they will have a more complete picture of your health through talking with your other doctors.
How ACOs Share Information
Ochsner Accountable Care Network providers will use data from Medicare to help improve how they provide care. For example, your doctors will get your medical information from Medicare to help them to know your medical history, including your medical conditions, prescriptions, and visits to the doctor, and give you the right care at the right time in the right setting. Physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers working together in an ACO are able to read your medical records, along with other office staff authorized to help coordinate your care. The privacy and security of your medical information is protected by federal law. You will continue to get the same rights enjoyed by all people with Medicare.
Declining to Share Your Health Information
Your privacy is very important to us, and you control how your personal information is used.
To help you get the best possible care, Medicare shares information with Ochsner Accountable Care Network about the care their patients get. To prevent Medicare from sharing your personal information with OACN:
- Call 1.800.MEDICARE (633.4227).
- TTY users should call 1.877.486.2048.
- Visit CMS.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/ACO/
- Call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048).
Additionally, you can view the Medicare Fact Sheet by clicking here.