Breaking: HHS releases proposed rule on ACO's

Earlier today, HHS has released the highly anticipated proposed rule on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The rules will guide healthcare providers in setting up exchanges of healthcare data to improve care and reduce costs, as mandated under the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act of 2010.

HHS will host a call today, March 31, 2011 on the new regulations, expected to be released prior to the call. The call will take place a noon EDT today and can be accessed by calling 800-475-8413 Code: HHS.

You can find a copy of the proposed rule by clicking here.

Via Healthcare IT News:

Accountable care organizations are pivotal to the federal government's plan to reduce healthcare costs and improve quality. Some providers, such as Intermountain Health in Utah, have been using an approach that's something similar to ACOs for years. Collaborations between doctors and other providers make care more uniform, based on the best outcomes. Often, this care is also the most cost-effective. Some have called ACOs the HMOs of today.

Wednesday afternoon, CMS Administrator Donald Berwick and other federal officials hosted a pre-regulation release call on the pending ACO rule. According to Barnes, who was on the call, Berwick said that ACOs will not simply be the status quo repackaged – and that this will not be a one-size-fits-all approach.

According to Barnes, Berwick said the rule would put patients and families at the center of care, make ACOs particularly sensitive to care transitions and promote innovative care.


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