Mercer Medicine participates in the Georgia Physicians for Accountable Care Organization, or GPAC, which is comprised of several groups of primary care and specialist physicians in Georgia that have committed to taking accountability for the care provided to our patients. The goal of GPAC is to make a fundamental change in the way healthcare is delivered through ensuring high quality and effective care while enhancing the patient experience.
As a member of GPAC, your Mercer Medicine physician may share your health information with other participating GPAC physicians in order to provide you with the highest quality of care. If you do not wish to share your health information as part of GPAC, please download and complete the Opt Out form and bring with you to your next appointment.
What Is 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.
- Mercer Medicine and it's physicians have agreed to participate in a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO—the Georgia Physicians for Accountable Care Organization (GPAC)—and to work closely with other doctors and health care providers in GPAC 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 Do Not 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 see any doctor or hospital who accepts Medicare, at any time.
- Mercer Medicine may continue to recommend that you see particular doctors for your specific health needs, but it's always your choice about what doctors you see or which hospitals you visit.
How Will an ACO Help My Doctor Coordinate My Care?
- You benefit because your doctor(s) will be part of a better coordinated health care 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 have treated, they will also have a more complete picture of your health through talking with your other doctors.
If you have any questions or concerns, you may talk with any staff member at Mercer Medicine by calling (478) 301-4111 during normal business hours. Click for a complete listing of all GPAC participating doctors and health care providers.
For more information about Accountable Care Organizations, you may visit www.medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048) for more information.