Population Health: Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

UW Health ACO works to better coordinate your care whether you are in the primary care office, seeing a specialist, admitted to the hospital or at home.
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What is an Accountable Care Organization?

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 improvement 

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


Next Generation ACO Public Reporting

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.
(608) 821-4998

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.

ACO providers

ACO 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
Jeff Huebner, MD
Medical Director, UW Health ACO, Inc.

ACO governing body

UW Health
Elizabeth Trowbridge, MD
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%

Shared savings and losses

Performance Year 3 (2018): $4,587,813
Performance Year 4 (2019): $9,182,423
Performance Year 5 (2020): Pending, will be reported in Fall 2021

  • The proportion of shared savings invested in infrastructure, redesigned care processes and other resources necessary to improve outcomes and reduce Medicare costs for beneficiaries:

    • Performance Year 3: $2,587,813

    • Performance Year 4: $3,384,672 

    • Performance Year 5: Pending, will be reported in Fall 2021 

  • The proportion of shared savings distributed as to Next Generation participants and preferred providers:

    • Performance Year 3: $2,000,000

    • Performance Year 4: $5,797,751 

    • Performance Year 5: Pending, will be reported in Fall 2021

Quality performance

Contact information

Connect with the ACO

If you have questions about UW Health ACO please contact: 

For UW Health patients:
(800) 552-4255

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

Population Health

Striving to help you live healthier

UW Health Accountable Care organization is part of Population Health at UW Health.

Population health partners with our providers and staff to develop programs designed to improve health. These programs may take place in the hospital, clinic, community or in your home.

We also work in partnership with our colleagues in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Community Relations on initiatives that promote health equity.

Learn more about Population Health at UW Health

Learn about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UW Health

Learn about Community Relations at UW Health