Medicare Patients

Committed to making healthcare work better for everyone.


Our ultimate goal is helping doctors achieve the best possible results for patients. This includes services available through the Southwestern Health Resources Accountable Care Network (SWHRACN), including support designed specifically for Medicare beneficiaries.


One of the ways we are improving care for Medicare patients is through our Accountable Care Organization (ACO). We bring doctors, hospitals, and caregivers together, teams focused on coordinating high-quality care for patients. This helps ensure the right care is provided at the right time.

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What exactly is an ACO?

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers which come together voluntarily to help Medicare patients get the care that’s best suited for their individual need. This helps avoid unnecessary duplication of services, as well as prevents medical errors.


Get the care you need, whenever you need it.


To take advantage of our ACO’s services, you’ll need a primary care physician participating in our network. If you already have a primary care physician (or need to find one), take a look at our website to see names of doctors that are designated as ACO Participating Physicians.


Remember, the ACO is not a health plan. It doesn’t require you to stay in a plan or change your Medicare coverage. You can visit any physician or hospital that accepts your Medicare coverage, whenever you choose.

“We believe supporting the doctor-patient relationship is key to improving the quality of health care. This is key to how the Southwestern Health Resources Accountable Care Network ACO is working to make healthcare better. ”
Mack Mitchell, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Southwestern Health Resources Accountable Care Network
Vice President for Medical Affairs, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Experts at keeping you healthy.


Want to know more about Southwestern Health Resources? Here’s how it works for you:

  • You gain access to a team of healthcare experts to help streamline the best care.

  • Primary care physicians (PCPs), specialists and hospitals work together to improve results for patients.

  • Both you and your physicians benefit from extra support to better manage health conditions.
  • Your current participating providers will be able to share information about your health to coordinate your care.

  • Fewer repeated medical tests are required because your doctors and hospitals will share information and coordinate your care.

Frequently asked questions

Does the ACO change Medicare benefits?
By participating in an ACO, does this mean changing doctors?
Are the ACO services available to anyone with Medicare coverage?
Is there any extra cost to participate in an ACO, beyond the costs for Original Medicare?
Does participating in an ACO mean less medical care?
What are some of the reasons ACOs were established?

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Contact Us About the Southwestern Health Resources Accountable Care Network. If you have Original Medicare or a Supplement, find out more about how Southwestern Health Resources can support your health care needs.