University of Iowa Health Alliance ACO
To better serve our Medicare patients, Mercy Cedar Rapids is a part of the University of Iowa Health Alliance Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The University of Iowa Health Alliance ACO works to transform how health care is delivered.
Working together, the health care providers and hospitals in our ACO can improve the health of individuals and communities by:
- delivering a more patient-centered experience through enhanced care coordination and integration, such as shared electronic health records
- provide patients with a broader, more comprehensive range of health care services
- improve access, screening, and preventive care
We’re working to improve your care
An ACO is a group of doctors and other health care providers working together with Medicare to give you better service and care. The goal of an ACO is for your doctors to communicate closely with your other health care providers to deliver high-quality care and meet your needs.
You control your personal information
To help us give you the right care in the right place at the right time, Medicare plans to start sharing certain health information with us about our patients' care. This information will include things like:
- visits to the doctor or hospital
- medical conditions
Having this information will help us and your other health care providers participating in our ACO give you high-quality care, because we’ll have the most up-to-date information about your health.
Your privacy is very important to us, and you control the use of your personal health information. Like Medicare, we have important safeguards in place to make sure all your medical information is safe.
If Medicare plans to share your information with our ACO you would have received a letter in the mail or at a recent clinic visit. This letter includes information about how to ask Medicare not to share your personal health information if you choose.
You can still see any doctor or go to any hospital
- Your Medicare benefits are not changing
- You will still receive your benefits through Original Medicare
- This isn’t a Medicare Advantage plan or an HMO plan
- You still have the right to use any doctor or hospital who accepts Medicare, at any time
MercyCare Community Physicians primary care clinics participating in the University of Iowa Health Alliance ACO are located in:
- Cedar Rapids
- Center Point
- Central City
- Mount Vernon
- North Liberty
Patients can call (319) 369-4444 for help selecting a primary care provider or visit mercycare.org/clinics.
If you have questions or concerns, you can call us toll free at 1-877- 844-2266 or 319-384-6220, or talk with your provider at your next clinic visit. You can also visit www.medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800-MEDICARE and tell the operator you are asking about ACOs (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048).