Tag Archives: ACO

CMS Announces First Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Approvals

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Contact: CMS Office of Public Affairs 202-690-6145 NEW AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PROGRAM TO IMPROVE CARE, CONTROL MEDICARE COSTS, OFF TO A STRONG START OVER 1.1 MILLION BENEFICIARIES NOW SERVED BY ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS   A new program that will help physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers work … Continue Reading

Are ACOs the Answer?

It may seem contradictory that Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are championed as the new answer to manage more efficiently (i.e. improve quality and reduce costs) when the most popular form of ACOs, i.e. the Medicare Shared Savings Program, established in 2010 as a component of the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act has yet to … Continue Reading

Final CMS Accountable Care Organization Regulations Provide ACOs more Flexibility

CMS has finally released the final rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is the program that establishes the rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The initial industry objections to the ACO concept and the proposed regulations was that it was so complicated, so limited and potentially so expensive that it would be impossible, … Continue Reading

Republican Senators Seek ACO Revisions

Seven GOP Senate Finance members wrote a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CMS Administrator Don Berwick suggesting that due to the outpouring of concern from the provider community — including key health care integrated systems such as the Mayo Clinic, Billings Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare and Cleveland Clinic — CMS officials should pull the regulation … Continue Reading