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CMS Releases the Proposed Regulations for ACOs

by Leah Greene, JD, LLM on March 31st, 2011

Today, the US Department of Health and Human Services released the long-awaited proposed framework for Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”). An ACO is a network of physicians, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and other providers which work together to eliminate duplicate tests and procedures for groups of 5,000 or more Medicare patients (who can choose whether to participate).

ACOs are intended to benefit patients by providing greater continuity of care, while providing increases of scale and enhanced accountability to reduce costs to patients and Medicare. The program is intended to save the government as much as $960 billion over the next three years.

We will summarize the new regulations in the near future. In the meantime, the text of the proposed law can be found here.

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