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CMS Issues Revised ACO Regulation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a revised regulation governing the accountable care organizations, or ACOs, created under the Affordable Care Act.

CMS’s original draft of the regulation produced a considerable amount of criticism – and more than a few suggestions that health care providers would be unwilling to participate in ACOs under the terms CMS proposed.  The new version apparently allays many of the concerns that hospitals, doctors, and others expressed in response to the first draft.

For descriptions and commentary about the new rule, how it differs from the draft, and its implications for what it supposed to be an important part of the Affordable Care Act, see a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and a blog entryHealth Care Reform/Flag on the Commonwealth Fund’s web site that includes a link to the regulation itself.

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