Southampton A.C.O. Advises Primary Care Doctors on Keeping Patients and Joining an A.C.O.

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In light of the new Affordable Health Care Act, Southampton A.C.O. advises primary physicians on how to keep patients when considering an A.C.O.

"Primary care physicians, or specialists delivering primary care services, do not have to abdicate their stewardship roles to an ACO’s medical committee,” stated Lee Ropiak, Project Manager for Southampton A.C.O.

Southampton A.C.O. advises primary care doctors and hospitals regarding patient retention and joining an A.C.O. . In light the new Affordable Healthcare Act, Southampton A.C.O. is educating primary physicians and hospitals what to consider when joining an A.C.O.

A major concern amongst healthcare professionals is patient retention when organizing under an A.C.O. Southampton A.C.O does not require healthcare professionals to surrender the patient list; however that is not the case for every organization.

“Having a thriving practice with many patients takes a lifetime of work and a labor of love.Many healthcare professionals are concerned about losing their patients by forming under an A.C.O. However, that is simply not always the case,” stated Lee Ropiak, Project Manager for Southampton A.C.O.

Due to the three year commitment requirement of joining an A.C.O., hospitals have found it to be a solution to addressing the issue of empty beds. However, primary physicians and other healthcare professionals do not have to abdicate their stewardship roles to an A.C.O membership committee.

“Hospitals small and large in turn look to forge relationships with physicians groups. But when they try to adopt business models designed for physicians, their efforts may be miss-directed. By adopting the ACO’s model results in decrease in admissions, business shrinks and their mission is jeopardized. The new statute does not provide for hospital to become ACO’s because the statute is patient centered and doctor driven. So, if a hospital asks you do join their “ACO” they are also asking for your panel of patient,” continued Ropiak.

Southampton ACO aims to assemble a doctors group where quality measures are met and recorded. If any healthcare professionals are considering forming under a hospital’s Shared Savings Program within the new Affordable Healthcare Act, Southampton A.C.O. urges those professionals to do their due diligence prior to joining the organization.

For more information about Southampton A. C. O. please visit or feel free to contact by email: ask(at)SouthamptonACO(dot)com or phone: (631)328-2644

About Southampton A.C.O
Established in 2013, Southampton A.C.O was formed under section 3022 of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid rule. The organization will allow local primary care physicians and specialists delivering primary care services to file additional claims for shared savings. ACOs will work to reduce health care professional and patient frustration and disconnected care. It will allow for doctor’s visits to streamline

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