What is an aco

An ACO is a legal entity comprised of doctors, hospitals, or other health care providers.  ACO participants (physicians) agree to work together to coordinate care and to become responsible for Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries (patients).  Patients are attributed to the ACO by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Patients do not join ACOs, but are attributed to an ACO if they receive the majority (or plurality) of their primary care services from an ACO participant.  According to CMS, the goal of the ACO is to provide better care for individuals, better health for populations, and lower health care expenditures.



For more information about ACOs for patients, view the CMS Medicare ACO Beneficiary FAQs located here


For more information about ACOs for physicians, view the CMS Medicare ACO Physician FAQs located here.


The Milestone ACO will be utilizing LaunchMed's LaunchStar ACO Solution, which provides the following features and functionality necessary for operating a successful ACO:

  • Integration of patient claims across care settings
  • Data integration from multiple sources
  • Timely data feedback
  • Web-based analytics and care gaps, at the point of care
  • Patient registries
  • Data warehouse

Milestone current participant Locations

Please see the following map for the location of our current participants.