Our Benefits to Patients
Premier Patient Healthcare ACO (Premier PHC) brings your doctors and other healthcare providers together as your very own care team. We also add an extra layer of service and support to the benefits you already get from your Original Medicare coverage. You can still go to any doctor, hospital or healthcare provider that accepts Original Medicare.
Now, that freedom of choice is a wonderful thing, but coordinating all of your care yourself can be tiring and sometimes frustrating. Some patients—especially those with chronic conditions— can spend all their free time arranging and accessing care without ever really getting better. Premier helps solve this problem by helping your doctor help you with better-coordinated care.
We help your doctor to better coordinate the right care you need and in the right order.
Patients have access to a Circle of Care of special programs designed to help you stay healthy at home (not in the hospital.)
Patients and caregivers can spend less time coordinating care and more time enjoying life.
Patients enjoy all the freedom of choice of their Original Medicare, only now with expertly guided care.
Patients have access to extra care and programs to help them better manage chronic conditions.
More about Premier ACOs
Put simply, an ACO is a group of doctors and other healthcare providers who choose to work more closely together as your very own care team to bring you high-quality service and care. Your doctor and other healthcare providers have volunteered to be part of a Medicare Shared Savings Program in order to better coordinate care for patients like you who have traditional Fee-for-Service Medicare. Using advanced systems and technology, your ACO care team can more easily coordinate every step of your care and treatment, whether it takes place at your doctor’s office, specialist’s office or at a hospital or lab.
• You are still in Original Medicare.
• You can still go to any doctor, hospital or healthcare provider that accepts Original Medicare.
• You are still entitled to all the same services, benefits and protections that you get from your Original Medicare.
Premier serves Medicare beneficiaries under one of two ACOs: Premier Patient Healthcare ACO or Premier Care Community ACO. With a Premier ACO, you are still entitled to all the same services, benefits and protections that you get from your Original Medicare, only now with an added layer of new benefits and expertly-guided care.
of Medicare beneficiaries have 2 or more chronic conditions
of Medicare beneficiaries have 4 or more chronic conditions
helps these beneficiaries enjoy better health
Our Patient Options
The Premier family of companies operates under the expert guidance of Premier Management Company, giving you many interconnected options for receiving primary and specialty care.
First, we have two Medicare Shared Savings ACOs—Premier Patient Healthcare ACO and Premier Care Community ACO. Medicare decides which beneficiaries can be assigned to these ACOs based upon criteria like past medical history and most frequently visited physicians.
Then, for those patients not assigned to one of our Medicare ACOs, Premier offers other options to access our special value-added programs through our Premier Independent Physician and Premier Ancillary Services clinics.
If you have any questions about ACO assignment, about your eligibility for other Premier programs and added benefits, ask your Primary Doctor or email our Patient Engagement team at email@example.com.
Our Patient Program and Services
Our Circle of Care
With Premier you get your very own dedicated care team helping to guide you along, including people like your primary doctor, specialists, hospitals and hospitalists, labs and ancillary providers and Premier care coordinators. All connected through our custom technology, your care team works together to keep you in what we call your Circle of Care.
The Circle of Care is engaged whenever you get care from our Premier Preferred Partner physicians, specialists, hospitals or ancillary services providers, outstanding community health providers dedicated to helping patients build better health and quality of life.
Coordinated Care Programs
Did you know that after discharge, 20% of patients living with chronic conditions will return to the hospital for the same condition within 30 days simply because they aren’t getting the proper help to understand and manage their discharge and new medication instructions?
Premier Patient Health Care ACO (PPHC)’s care coordination program takes a proactive approach to improving the quality of care across all settings for patients who need extra help with their health and recovery, helping them to stay healthy and at home and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.
As an Original Medicare beneficiary, you have the right to use any doctor or hospital who accepts Medicare, at any time. Still, we hope that you will consider a Premier Preferred Provider when you seek care; that way we’ll be able keep you within our Circle of Care to both guide healthier outcomes and give you a better service experience.
Finding the Right Physician
Choosing the right physician is important. Your primary care physician (PCP) is the coach of your healthcare team, and the first person you see for medical concerns. He or she will coordinate your healthcare needs with your care team to ensure you get the right care in the right setting. Your PCP will help you choose the best care options and connect you to the best resources, specialists and healthcare facilities available in the Premier PHC network. Click below to begin your search for Premier Preferred Providers.
Finding Urgent Care
When you need care right away but can’t get in to see your regular doctor, a local urgent care center is a great option for quality care and treatment both during and after regular business hours. Urgent cares will often have shorter wait times and lower out-of-pocket costs when compared to an ER too.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, you should always call 911. But, if you need care right away that’s not an emergency, please consider our preferred urgent care partners.
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