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Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

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What is an ACO


What are Accountable Care Organizations?

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who voluntarily come together with the goal of delivering: 

  • Better care for patients 

  • Better health for communities 

  • Smarter spending through

As one of Wisconsin's first ACOs, UW Health ACO is a partnership between UW Health and UnityPoint Health-Meriter physicians, clinics, and hospitals and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Together, UW Health ACO participants work to better coordinate your care whether you are in the primary care office, seeing a specialist, admitted to the hospital or at home. 

Here are some of the ways that UW Health ACO works to improve your care and overall health: 

  • You are the center of care, and your providers are better able to keep you informed and honor your choices. 

  • Care providers communicate with each
    other to provide better-coordinated care. 

  • Care providers have more information
    about your medical conditions, prescriptions and visits enabling them to
    provide the right care at the right time in the right setting. 

  • Care providers will be accountable to
    you and to payers for providing better care and better care coordination. 

UW Health ACO participates in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services'
(CMS) Next Generation ACO Model. More information on the Next Generation ACO
Model can be found here.  


More information to assist you

Contact Us 

If you have questions about UW Health ACO please contact: 

 For UW Health Patients: 
(800) 552-4255 

 For UPH-Meriter Patients: 
(608) 417-6027 

Next Generation ACO Public Reporting 

ACO Name and Location 

 UW Health ACO, Inc. 
749 University Row 
Madison, Wisconsin 53705 

ACO Primary Contact 

Jonathan Jaffery, President and CEO 
UW Health ACO, Inc. 

ACO Joint Ventures 

We are required by CMS to identify all joint ventures between or among UW Health ACO, Inc. and any of its Next Generation Participants or Preferred Providers. UW Health ACO, Inc. does not have any joint ventures at this time. 

Accountable Care Organization Clinical and Administrative Leadership

  • UW Health
    Jonathan Jaffery, MD

    President and CEO, UW Health ACO, Inc.

  • UnityPoint - Meriter
    Sarah Valencia

    Vice President, UW Health ACO, Inc.

  • UW Health
    Sarah Valencia

    Vice President, UW Health ACO, Inc.

  • UW Health
    Jeff Huebner, MD

    Medical Director, UW Health ACO, Inc.

ACO Governing Body

  • UW Health
    Matthew Anderson, MD

    Chair Voting Power: 11.1%

  • South Madison Coalition of the Elderly
    Katie Brietzman

    __Consumer Advocate__ Voting Power:11.1%

  • UnityPoint Health - Meriter
    Thomas Bugliosi, MD

    __Member__ Voting Power: 11.1%

  • Center for Patient Partnerships
    Sarah Davis, JD

    __Member__ Voting Power:11.1%

  • UW Health
    Kiah R. Calmese Walker

    __Member__ Voting Power: 11.1%

  • UW Health
    R. Allan Jhagroo, MD

    Member Voting Power: 11.1%

  • UnityPoint Health - Meriter
    Farah Khan, MD

    __Member__ Voting Power: 11.1%

  • Julieanne Pofahl

    __Medicare Beneficiary__ Voting Power: 11.1%

  • UW Health 
    Michael Sloan, MD

    __Member__ Voting Power: 11.1%

Performance Year 3 (2018): $4,587,813 

Performance Year 4 (2019): Pending, will be reported in Fall 2020

The proportion of Shared Savings invested in infrastructure, redesigned care processes and other resources necessary to improve outcomes and reduce Medicare costs for

  • Performance Year 3: $2,587,813 

  • Performance Year 4: Pending,
    will be reported in Fall 2020. 

The proportion of Shared Savings
distributed as to Next Generation Participants and Preferred Providers: 

  • Performance Year 3: $2,000,000 

  • Performance Year 4: Pending,
    will be reported in Fall 2020. 

Quality Performance 

Performance Year 3 2018: Quality Results (pdf)