While We Wait for CMS Guidance on ACO’s

Medicare “Accountable Care Organizations” | Shared Savings Program | New Section 1899 of Title XVIII | Preliminary Questions & Answers The Affordable Care Act (ACA) improves the health care delivery system through incentives to enhance quality, improve beneficiary outcomes and increase value of care.  One of these key delivery system reforms is the encouragement of Accountable Care …

Sneak Peak at Upcoming ACO Risk Sharing, Quality Measure and Beneficiary Assignment Regulations?

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Chairman, Glen Hackbarth, recently submitted comments in response to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Request for Information regarding the much-anticipated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) regulations, to be published early next year.  MedPAC’s comments were outlined in a letter dated November 22, 2010, from Mr. Hackbarth …

Health Industry Stakeholders to CMS on ACO’s: Published Comment Letters

In response to the request for comment proferred by CMS on November 17th, 2010 ‘Medicare Program; Request for Information Regarding Accountable Care Organizations and the Medicare Shared Saving Program’ the industry has spoken. Below are select links to the respective submitting entities, and the issues they have called to the attention of CMS Chief, Donald Berwick, MD: Charles …

CMS To Hold Series of Regional ‘Listening Sessions’

During these sessions, CMS  intends to highlight health reform efforts while also gaining continuing input from community stakeholders. CMS’s purpose in organizing the regional sessions is to clarify that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has given it new opportunities to improve the care delivery and payment system, including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under …

Kent Bottles, MD Guest Commentator on 2nd ‘ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review’

On Tuesday at 10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern Kent Bottles, MD, (aka @kentbottles on Twitter) noted blogger, health care social media thought leader, lecturer and physician leadership role model and mentor will address ‘physician leadership and the collaboration imperative’. Clearly as we prepare for the ‘roll out’, ‘ramp up’ or otherwise ‘peppering of the health care …

ACO Comment Deadline Looming | December 3rd, 2010 by 5:30 PM (Eastern?)

Some key questions posed for input also providing context insight into current thinking at CMS relative to ACOs. Here they are direct from the ‘Medicare Program; Request for Information Regarding Accountable Care Organizations and the Medicare Shared Saving Program’ posted in Federal Register /Vol. 75, No. 221 /on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 / Proposed Rules. Solicitation …