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Final ACO Regulations are Released - Is this the Beginning of a New Era for Health Care?

final aco regulationsThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the final rules for Accountable Care Organizations ("ACOs") on October 20, 2011.  (The final rules will be officially published in the November 2, 2011 issue of the federal register.)  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a press release that contains an overview of the ACO initiative as well as relevant links to related documents.

The ACO interim regulations were released back on March 31, 2011 and received some resistance from those in the health care industry. Presumably, the final rules will take into account some of the issues and concerns raised and provide workable solutions.  Only time will tell if ACOs are the wave of the future but, the ACO regulations will undoubtedly motivate some in the industry to become more involved.

Look for the attorneys at Foster Swift to continue to bring you the latest news and analysis regarding ACOs and ACO regulations.

Categories: Accountable Care Organizations, Health Care Reform, Hospitals, Physicians

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With a business-minded approach, and service-oriented delivery, Mindi helps clients navigate challenges and solve problems in the areas of employee benefits law and health care law. Mindi has spoken and written extensively on employee benefits, health care reform, and health care law topics, and is actively involved in a number of legal, professional and industry organizations focused on these issues.

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