>50 Things to Know About the Proposed ACO Regulations

> By By Scott Becker, JD, CPA, R. Brent Rawlings, JD, Barton Walker, JD, and Lindsey Dunn | April 04, 2011 This article briefly outlines 50 things to know about the Medicare Shared Savings Program proposed rule — which established Medicare accountable care organizations — released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on March 31. The…

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>A Watershed Day for Accountable Care Organizations

> By David A. Manko, Esq. and George Choriatis, Esq.Yesterday was a watershed day for accountable care organizations (ACOs) – a new type of healthcare organization being promoted under ongoing health reform initiatives, particularly the recently enacted federal health reform legislation (the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” or “PPACA”). Such reform initiatives seek to…

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>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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