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Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

A group of healthcare providers that come together to provide the full range of healthcare services for patients. The provider organization is responsible for the quality and price of the care and receives payment for all care that is provided to patients. Organizations are given financial incentives, such as allocated savings attained from these efforts, in order to promote the improvement the quality and price through the Medicare program.

Uncompensated Care

The costs of health care services that are not paid for by the patient or by the insurer. Federal programs sometimes offer some help to…