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Accountable Care Organizations

Accountable Care Organizations have become the buzz concept in health care today. Although not a new concept, the Affordable Care Act's Shared Savings Program that encourages their development is seen by many as an important component to reshaping health care. Forming a successful Accountable Care Organization is a challenge for any organization, particularly those who are not well integrated across all providers. The development of an Accountable Care Organization will involve a myriad of issues, including an understanding of the complex legal and management structure, incentive format, payment methodology, health information technology considerations, and quality measurement benchmarks. As you explore whether forming or joining an Accountable Care Organization is right for your organization, Hall Render's broad experience with these issues can support you in that decision.

Articles

CMS Releases Updated Medicare Shared Savings Program FAQs
[08/14/2012]
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Today Is the Day: Medicare Shared Savings Program Update
[02/17/2012]
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CMS Issues Proposed Rule to Implement Statutory Obligation to Report and Return Overpayments
[02/17/2012]
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Antitrust Implications for ACOs: FTC/DOJ Determine ACOs are Consistent with Indicia of Clinical Integration - Is This a Fundamental Shift in Antitrust Policy?
[01/31/2012]
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CMS Releases Application Instructions for the Shared Savings Program
[11/09/2011]
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Breaking News: CMS Issues Its Final Rule for Accountable Care Organizations
[10/21/2011]
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ACO Final Regulations Are Here!
[10/20/2011]
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Breaking News: CMS Issues its Proposed Rule for Accountable Care Organizations
[03/31/2011]
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Happy Birthday Affordable Care Act
[03/23/2011]
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ACO Bound? Consider the Financials First
[01/03/2011]
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ACO UPDATE: IT'S TIME TO COMMENT
[11/22/2010]
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Regulations

Final Rule: Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations
[10/20/2011]
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Proposed Rule: Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations
[04/07/2011]
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Request for Information Regarding Accountable Care Organizations and the Medicare Shared Savings Program
[12/03/2010]
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Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) ACO Resources
[08/24/2012]
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website devoted to the Shared Savings Program. This website contains program application materials and other relevant information.
[11/10/2011]
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CMS and HHS Office of Inspector General's interim final rule with comment period establishing waivers of certain Federal laws in connection with the Shared Savings Program
[10/20/2011]
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The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice's "Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Regarding Accountable Care Organizations Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program" (Antitrust Policy Statement)
[10/20/2011]
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Information Regarding Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Proposed Advanced Payment Initiative for Participants in the Shared Savings Program
[05/31/2011]
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Information Regarding Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Pioneer ACO Model
[05/31/2011]
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How to Pinpoint ACOs Prime for Partnership
[05/11/2011]
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Internal Revenue Services Notice 2011-20 regarding application of section 501(c)(3) of the Code to tax-exempt organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program through an Accountable Care Organization
[04/18/2011]
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CMS Website for Information on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program)
[04/05/2011]
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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPac) response to CMS' request for comments regarding Accountable Care Organizations
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Medicare Shared Savings Programs Frequently Asked Questions
[08/24/2012]
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Link to transcript materials from the CMS, HHS, and FTC Workshop Regarding Accountable Care Organizations and Implications Regarding Antitrust, Physician Self-Referral, Anti-Kickback and Civil Monetary Penalty Laws
[12/02/2010]
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Information regarding National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA) request for comment on Accountable Care Organization Evaluation Criteria
[11/29/2010]
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