October 21st, 2011

HHS Releases Final Regulations For ACOs

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The Obama administration on Thursday bowed to health industry concerns about its plans for Medicare accountable care organizations, making it easier for doctors and hospitals to participate in the program designed to lower medical costs.  Physician and hospital groups applauded the changes in the final ACO rule announced by officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…In many ways, ACOs aim to replicate the much touted models of care at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, where hospitals and doctors coordinate their efforts within the same organization.

Kaiser Health News, Phil Galewitz, 10/21/11

Additional coverage: MPR

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