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, made the announcement while speaking at during the annual policy conference of the National Committee for Quality Assurance.  They also announced that Medicare beneficiaries will be notified when they are assigned to an ACO.
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