>CMS Expects to Issue ACO Rules by Mid-January 2011

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could release the proposed regulations for accountable care organizations (ACOs) by mid-January 2011, according to a posting from the law firm McDermott Will & Emery. The law firm reported that on Dec. 3, Head of CMS, Donald Berwick, and Jonathon Blum, deputy administrator of CMS and director of Medicare,…

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>One-Year Medicare Doc Fix Clears Senate and House

> Following the Senate’s lead yesterday, the House approved a one-year “doc fix” Thursday afternoon that will prevent a dramatic cut in Medicare physician payments. The measure was approved in a 409-2 vote today by the House, one day after the Senate approved the $19.2 billion fix by unanimous consent. Without the action, Medicare payments to doctors…

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