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The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization, an affiliate of the Greater Buffalo United Independent Practice Association, was authorized by the state Department of Health last month as the state’s first Accountable Care Organization, a model that pays groups of providers to work together to reduce costs and increase health care outcomes.
How ACOs work
Unlike HMOs, managed care, or some insurance plans, an ACO can't tell you which health care providers to see and can't change your Medicare or private insurance benefits.
How ACOs share information
The privacy and security of your medical information is protected by federal law.
The group ultimately will receive financial incentives for reducing unnecessary emergency room visits and duplicative costs for Medicaid and private insurance patients in the same way that federal ACO programs works..
The GBUACO will include 140 Buffalo-area providers, including physician providers at the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network. The program will accept both ACO and commercial payment models.
Dr. Raul Vazquez, CEO of both organizations, said the system allows providers greater flexibility to manage patient care while avoiding anti-trust restrictions on self-referrals and collaboration.
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