Accountable Care Organization
UnityPoint Accountable Care, L.C. (ACO)
The goal of accountable care is to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.
Coordinated care ensures patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.
When an ACO succeeds in delivering high-quality care and spending healthcare dollars more wisely, it may share in potential savings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Composition of UnityPoint Accountable Care
Iowa Health Accountable Care, L.C., d/b/a UnityPoint Accountable Care, L.C., is an Iowa limited liability company that brings together a diverse group of healthcare providers, including hospitals, physicians and home health entities.
How does an ACO Improve Patient Care?
Frequently Asked Questions
If your doctor is in an ACO, you’ll receive a letter with further information/instructions. You may also click below to view a list of ACO health care participants.
Over time, if you see a doctor participating in an ACO, you may notice:
- The healthcare providers you see all know what’s going on with your health, because they communicate with each other. You don't need to have the same medical tests repeated because your results are shared among your healthcare team. The providers participating in the ACO will be your partner in making care decisions.
- Some ACOs may hire people to help check on your care. They may call you after an appointment or a procedure to make sure you understand how to take your medicines or schedule follow-up visits. They’ll also share information with your doctor to make sure you get the right care.
When your healthcare providers have access to your health information and may share that information with one another, they can give you better, more coordinated care. Each of your healthcare providers will not only know about the health issues they’ve treated, but also have a more complete picture of your health by communicating with your other healthcare providers.
If your healthcare providers are participating in an ACO, over time, you should see better more coordinated health care with you at the center and your satisfaction a goal of the ACO.
An ACO isn't an HMO, managed care or insurance company. Unlike HMOs, managed care, or some insurance plans, an ACO can't tell you which healthcare providers to see and can't change your benefits.
The privacy and security of your medical information is protected by Federal law. Call (800) MEDICARE (800 633-4227) 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. TTY users should call (877) 486-2048.
This is the latest quality report (with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) for UnityPoint Accountable Care: Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model: Quality Measurement Methodology for 2022
UnityPoint Accountable Care, L.C. (UAC) has adopted the UnityPoint Health Compliance Program. UnityPoint Health has devoted substantial resources to compliance activities. Since 1997, when the UnityPoint Health (formerly Iowa Health System) Board of Directors adopted the current Compliance Program, the organization and the Compliance Committee have developed over 150 Compliance Policies, many of which will be applicable to UnityPoint Accountable Care, L.C. In addition, the UnityPoint Health Law Department has been advising the UnityPoint Accountable Care, L.C. Board on compliance matters since the inception of the Iowa Health Accountable Care, L.C.Learn More
Conflict of Interest
The UnityPoint Accountable Care, L.C. Board of Managers has adopted the Policy I.CE.03(a) Conflict of Interest for the purpose of setting forth organizational beliefs and policy with respect to conflicts of interest; identifying those corporate entities and individuals subject to certain requirements under the policy; and explaining the requirements and activities associated with identifying and ethically resolving conflicts of interest on the part of individuals affiliated with the organization. Disclosure Questionnaires will be completed annually by individuals subject to disclosure requirements under this policy, the Internal Revenue Code, or Medicare/Medicaid program regulations.Learn More
UnityPoint Health has established a Corporate Compliance Helpline with two options for reporting. This 24-hour toll-free helpline was established as a reporting mechanism whereby employees, medical staff, ACO participants, ACO providers/supplies, business partners and others associated with UnityPoint Health can report suspected violations and noncompliance issues without fear of retribution or retaliation. Some federal laws impose strict criminal penalties upon entities or persons who illegally retaliate against those who, in good faith, report wrongdoing. UnityPoint Health does not permit retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, reports suspected wrongdoing.Learn More
For more information about the CMS ACO Models, you may visit the following sites:
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
(800) MEDICARE (800-633-4227)
24 hours a day / 7 days a week
TTY users should call (877) 486-2048
Our Address1776 West Lakes Parkway, Suite 400
West Des Moines, Iowa
Hours of Operation:
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Contact UsUnityPoint Accountable Care, L.C.
Steve Palmersheim, ACO Chief Executive Officer
1776 West Lakes Parkway, Suite 400
West Des Moines, IA 50266