Insights and implications of CMS ACO final rule

On 19 October 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule implementing accountable care organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP or the program). It will be published in the Federal Register on 2 November 2011. Also on 19 October, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly issued a proposed "Statement of Antitrust Policy" regarding ACOs participating in the MSSP, and on 20 October, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice regarding the tax law implications of ACOs.

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