Five Things to Know About ACOs: The Federal Proposed ACO Regulations Were Unveiled March 31. What Do They Mean for You?

May 12, 2011

With the accountable care organizations (ACO) federal proposed regulations finally unveiled, physicians, hospitals, payors and other stakeholders are carefully weighing the framework that has been laid out to implement the new Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the ACO proposed rule on March 31, 2011, and will accept public comments on the proposed rule through June 6, 2011.

This article highlights five main things to know about ACOs and the MSSP as they have been proposed:

  1. What is an ACO under the MSSP?
  2. Who can participate in an ACO?
  3. How is quality measured?
  4. How are savings measured and saved?
  5. Are there other legal issues that are important to know about?

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