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CMS Concern Regarding ACOs

May 10, 2011 | No Comments
Posted by Frank Ciesla

The Congressional Quarterly Health Law Daily of May 6, 2011 quoted CMS Administrator Dr. Donald M. Berwick as stating, in regard to the comments regarding the proposed Accountable Care Organizations, “. . .that the Agency is interested in working with providers and wants the program to live up to the potential of transforming medical care,” but that the fact that “even the institutions that were the inspiration for the program are reluctant to participate unless big changes are made shows that CMS officials face a tough task.”

It is becoming clear that if CMS intends the Accountable Care Organizations to be a workable activity, to accomplish the purposes set forth in PPACA, significant changes will need to be made in the proposed regulations, as well as by other applicable regulatory authorities, such as the anti-trust laws.

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