What is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO)?

An ACO is a group of doctors and other healthcare providers who agree to work together with Medicare to give the best possible care. ACO’s use advanced systems that facilitate more carefully coordinated patient care and make sure providers have the most up-to-date information about their patients’ health.

The goal of the ACO is to support our providers in communicating better with each other in order to avoid ordering duplicate tests or screenings. Working together, our providers and our Population Health Nurse can do more to follow our patient’s health and to make sure they get the best possible care.

Star Valley Health chose to participate in an ACO because we are committed to providing patients with a better care experience. We at Star Valley Health look forward to continually improving the care that we provide our patients and are excited to be a part of the positive changes taking place in healthcare within our country. In the future, the benefits of an ACO could assist with the wellness of all patients.

What is a Population Health Nurse?

ACO’s utilize a Population Health Nurse role to personally coordinate patient care and health maintenance of each Medicare patient in the community.

The key to achieving this goal is by having the Population Health Nurse perform Annual Wellness Visits with Medicare Part B patients. It is in the Annual Wellness Visit that the Population Health Nurse will form a relationship with the patient and together, with the patients’ provider, they can formulate a Personalized Prevention Plan for each patient. Every Medicare patient that visits with our Population Health Nurse will leave our clinic with a personalized health prevention plan, empowering each patient to take charge of their own health and wellness.

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Jamie Stephens
Population Health Nurse

Additional Resources

Below is additional information regarding the services available through the guidance of the Population Health Nurse.  Click the image to see more information about the topic listed.  For further information or if you have questions, please call 307-885-5852.

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