FAQs


What is a Medicare ACO?

A Medicare ACO is a network of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers who work together with Medicare to give Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries better service and coordinated care. Medicare ACOs focus on quality, cost and the overall care for Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries. If you have received a letter in the mail notifying you or someone in your physician’s office has spoken to you about our ACO, it is because your ApolloMed-affiliated doctor has elected to participate.    

I received a letter from my doctor about ApolloMed’s ACO working with Medicare, what do I do? 

If your doctor chooses to participate in an ACO, you will be notified. This notification might be a letter, written information provided to you when you see your doctor, a sign posted in a hospital, or it might be a conversation with your doctor the next time you go to see him or her.

If you aren’t sure if your doctor or healthcare provider is participating in a Medicare ACO, ask him or her. For general information on ACOs, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day 7/days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.
 
Over time, if you see a doctor participating in an ACO, you may notice that:
 
·     You don’t have to fill out as many medical forms that ask for the same information;
·      The health care providers that you see all know what is going on with your health because they communicate with each other;
·      You don’t have to have the same medical tests done over and over because your results are shared among your health care team;
·      The providers participating in the ACO will become partners with you in making care decisions.
 
Here are things that won’t change because your doctor is part of an ACO:
·      What you pay, your Medicare benefits, or the cost of your coverage should not increase;
·       Your right to choose any hospital or doctor that accepts Medicare, at any time, will not change even if that hospital or doctor is not part of an ACO.   
 

Some ACOs may hire people to help check on your care. They may call you after an appointment or a procedure to make sure you understand how to take your medicines or schedule follow-up visits. They will also share information with your doctor to make sure you get the right care.

Can I still see my doctor?

Absolutely—if your doctor participates in an ACO, you can see any healthcare provider who accepts Medicare. Nobody—not your doctor, not your hospital—can tell you who you have to see.

Can I still choose my own doctor?

Yes.  Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries always have the choice on which doctor or hospital they visit.

How do I know if my doctor is already with ApolloMed ACO?

Here is a list of participating physicians that have been approved by Medicare to be with ApolloMed ACO:

Academic Medical Research Institute Inc

Accord Renal Medical Corporation

Adam M. Sun

Advanced Radiation Oncology Medical Group, Inc.

Alberto V. Natividad M.D.Inc.

Alhambra Family Medical

Amavi A Professional Medical

Andy Hong MD Inc

Angeles Medical Clinic Inc

Apolinar F. Gacote MD                              

ApolloMed Care Clinic A Medical Corporation

ApolloMed Hospitalists Inc.

Arash Alborzi, MD Inc

Ariel Malamud, A Medical Corp

Asian Medical Clinic of Fremont Inc

B. Kurwa MD Inc.

Balbir Singh MD Inc.

Baldwin Park Medical Clinic, Inc

Best Choice Hospice Care, LLC

Bhoot Surgical Inc

Bina A Kamdar MD Inc

Bina Kamdar MD

Bolsa Medical Group                           

Brian M Lee MD Inc

Cadrin Gill MD Inc

California Surgical Multi-Specialty Group Inc

Carlos R. Meza M.D., Inc

Caroucel Kim Chuateco MD APC  

Charles A. Blaine

Charles I. Okonkwo MD Inc

Charles T. Resnick MD

Cheryl J. Powell MD

Chu & Chuang MD’s

Chung Wai Ng MD

Dale J Brent MD, A Professional Corp

David A. Thompson M.D. Inc

Deepti Saxena MD                           

Don W. Lee MD, A Medical Corp

Douglas A. Webber, MD, A Medical Corporation

Dr Dhia Alwardi MD

Dr Wong’s Medical Clinic

Dr Yuchin Chiu Podiatry Corporation

Dr. Andrew C. La DPM

Dr. Armen Cherik MD, Inc.

Dr. James T. Y. Lin  MD

Dr. Joseph’s Eye Medical Clinic Inc.

Dr. Matthew K. Mo, MD

Dr. Michael P. Tan, D.O. Inc

Dr. Walter H. Shiau MD

Eastside Diabetes Care

Edmond Lee DPM Inc

Eduard Minas MD, Inc

Edward Chen Perinatology Corp

Eli Hendel, MD, A Medical Corporation

Elite Diagnostic & Medical Group

Eng Medical Associaties

ENT Surgical Associates

Eric S.P.Chan MD Inc

Euclid Foot Clinic Podiatry Group  Inc

Evelyn E. Li A Professional Corporation   

Fang-Rong Wang M.D.

Fang-Rong Wang M.D.

Farough Kerendi MD Inc

Faye Lee MD, AMC

Feinstein and Roe MDS Inc

Felix Chi-Ming Yip, M.D. Inc

Fowrooz  Joolhar, M.D.  A Medical Corp.

Fremont Medical Group Inc.                                                     

Garfield Hematology And Oncology Consultants Medical Group

Gayle V. Mitchell

Ghassan Aljazayrly

Global Doctors Medical Group Inc                                            

Green Cross Med Net Inc

Green Pine Home Health Care Services, Inc

Harout R. Balian MD, A Professional Medical Corp

Heartbeat Cardiovascular Medical Group

Henry Houchin Tsai

Holistic Care Home Health Agency, Inc

Hollywood Cross Medical Clinic

Homayoun Sharim, M.D., Inc.

Hospice of Grace Inc

Hubert W. Chow, M.D. A Medical Corporation

Huo Chen, M.D.

Jack Morgan

James Song M.D. A Professional Corp

Jin Q  Yang MD Inc.

Jittima Jirasetpatana

Joel E. Arroyo, M.D., A Med Corp

Jong G. Kim MD, Inc.

Jorge Pena MD

Kamalakar Rambhatla Md, Inc                         

Kathleen J Dennis-Zarate MD A Medical Corp

Kelly Wong DO Inc

Kevin J. Pelton MD Inc

Kirit V. Gala, FACP

Kuruganti R. Reddy

L.S. Olaes, A Medical Corp.

La Familia Medical Group, Inc.

Lakshman D. Makandura MD Inc

Lawrence A. May MD Inc

Lee Podiatry Group of Arcadia, Inc

Lim L.Taw Medical corp

Linda Vu MD, A Medical Corp

Los Angeles Hematologyoncology

Los Angeles Lung Center - A Professional Medical Corporation

Luis A. Galdamez, M.D., Inc

Luong T. Ly MD, Inc.

Lynn Wang

M. Teresa Swida, D.O.

Marc J. Girsky MD

Marco A. Gomez-Garcia MD Inc 

Marta Recasens MD A Prof Med Corp

Max W. Chiou MD Inc    

Maywood Healthcare Clinic, Inc

MCLA Psychiatric Medical Group APC

MD Medical Center, Inc.

Mehdi Khorsandi MD Inc.

Mendez Transplant & Urological Medical Group Inc

Michael K. Mclean MD Inc

Mid Valley Pulmonary Medical Group Inc

MISSAK KLTCHIAN

Moez Khorsandi

Molani Medical Group, APMC

Nathan A. Javari D.P.M P.A

Nazih M. Haddad MD Inc

New Ananda Medical And Urgent Care, Inc.

New Valley Medical Group Inc

Nicholas Jauregui dba Palliative Care Medical Center

Nu Vision Laser Medical Associates Inc.

Perez Medical Group Inc

Premier Nephrology Medical Group, Inc

Premiere Medical Center of Burbank Inc.

Promise Hospice.Inc.

Providence Foot and Ankle Center

Pulmonary & Hospitalist Ass.

Pulmonary Critical Care Associates Inc.

Quang Q. Phan, MD,FACP,Inc

Radhika Tulpule MD Inc

Raffi R. Minasian, M.D., A Medical Corporation

Rajendra K. Tiwari, M.D., Professional Corporation

Randolph Jay Falk

Ranjit A Cordeiro Md Inc.

Raul Arturo Pardave, M.D. A Medical Corporation

Renal Medical Associates

Renato V. Mungcal MD A Medical Corporation  

Reynaldo C. Zapata MD Inc.

Robert Tracy D.O., Inc

Rory J. Friedman DPM

Ruben M. Ruiz III MD Inc.

Salis K. Shrestha DPM

Sang Hoon Ahn MD Inc    

Sean Xie MD A Medical Corporation

Sherman Medical Group Inc.

So Cal Thoracic Surgical Associates Inc

Socal Healthnet Inc

Sohan L Dua MD, A Medical Corporation

Sooren Karayan, M.D. Inc

Southern California Heart

Stephen Lui MD Inc

Suman N. Patel MD, A Medical Corp

Sunil G. Bhandarkar MD Inc

Superior Home Health Services

Thelma Linda S. Lamorena, MD, Inc.

Thomas T. Ha, MD, Inc.  

Tom Giang M.D.

Tower Pulmonary Associates

Tricity Rheumatology                                                                

Tudao Fujiwara, M.D. Inc.

TYD Executive Medical Clinic

Vasanth K. Kumar M.D. Inc.

Vermont Family and Women’s Clinic,Inc.

Vida Family Practice PC

Western Pod Med Clinic

Yervand Darven Set-Agayan, DOPC 

Yuan-Fei Chang MD

Yu-Hsiang Lee

Yu-Hsiang Lee

Yuhuan Frank Lan MD

Zahn And Associates Inc

"No participants are involved in a joint venture between ACO professionals and hospitals"

I am with a Medicare Advantage plan, am I also with ApolloMed’s Medicare ACO?

No. A Medicare ACO is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO).  Individuals who receive coverage through a private Medicare Advantage insurance plan or a HMO, are not eligible to participate in our ACO.  However individuals with a Medicare supplemental insurance plan are eligible, if their physician is participating in our ACO.  

How will an ACO lead to better care for me?

When your health care providers have access to your health information and are able to share that information with one another, they can give you better, more coordinated care. Each of your health care providers will not only know about the health issues that they have treated, they will have a more complete picture of your health through communicating with your other health care providers.  If your health care providers are participating in an ACO, over time, you should see better more coordinated health care where you are the center of care and your satisfaction is a goal of the ACO.   

Who can read my medical information and will it be protected?


The group of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers working together in the ACO will be able to read your medical records, along with other office staff authorized to help coordinate your care. The privacy and security of your medical information is protected by Federal law. Contact your doctor’s office for more information about how they protect your medical information, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours a day/7 days a week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. 

What if I decline to share my personal health information?

If you choose, you can ask Medicare not share your personal health information shared with us by doing one of the following:

           Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).  TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048