Mercy Cedar Rapids and University of Iowa Health Care

Accountable Care Organization

To better serve our Medicare patients, MercyCare Community Physicians and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have formed the Mercy-CR/UI Health Care Accountable Care Organization (ACO). UI Health Care’s and Mercy’s services and capabilities complement each other very well and provide exceptional expertise from primary care through highly specialized services.

Working together, the health care providers and hospitals in our ACO can improve the health of individuals and communities by:

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 your care. This information will include things like:

  • visits to the doctor or hospital
  • medical conditions
  • prescriptions

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.

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