Articles Posted in Accountable Care Organizations

In its proposed rule for accountable care organizations (“ACOs”), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) includes mandatory compliance plans as an element of its ACO-program integrity efforts. The compliance plan must include at least the following elements: • A designated compliance officer who is not legal counsel to the ACO and who reports […]

During late March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) proposed a rule regarding Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) and the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which will make payments of shared savings to ACOs (“Proposed Rule”). The Proposed Rule describes the amount of financial risk the participants will face and the type of data the […]

It is often instructive to review the thinking of health care decision-makers as a tool to acquire insight on the direction of health care policy. In this regard, Dr. Donald Berwick, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), recently authored an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal outlining his view of […]

In an effort to better educate the anesthesia community with regard to the impact of Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) on the specialty, the ASA Ad Hoc Task Force on ACOs has been carefully analyzing the March 31, 2011 ACO proposed regulations. As a preliminary step, at the end of April 2011, the ASA released 21 […]

On Thursday, March 31, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) provided the health care community with some much needed guidance by publishing its Proposed Rule regarding the Medicare Shared Savings Program (the “Shared Savings Program”) and its Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”). There is a sixty (60) day public comment period with respect […]

Since the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) last year, there has been considerable attention and interest within the industry towards accountable care organizations (ACOs). Accompanying this focus has been a series of questions regarding the compositional requirements, as well as the operational and structural opportunities to be afforded to (and […]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially requested comments from the physician community regarding policies and standards for accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare program under the Shared Savings Program or in connection with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). CMS’s request focuses on three areas of interest: […]

Pursuant to our September 11, 2010 blog entry, the FTC is to hold a day-long workshop entitled “Workshop Regarding Accountable Care Organizations and Implications Regarding Antitrust, Physician Self-Referral, Anti-Kickback and Civil Monetary Penalty Laws.” According to the workshop’s website, those who are unable to attend the Baltimore workshop may listen in via webcast. Registration is […]

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), and Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) have announced their plans to co-host an October 5th workshop on accountable care organizations (“ACOs”). According to a September 8th News Release, the workshop is intended principally to assist providers in […]