CMS’s Office of Legislation just issued a 3-page preliminary Q&A on Accountable Care Organizations and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. CMS believes that encouraging the creation of ACOs is one way to improve the quality of care to Medicare beneficiaries and reduce unnecessary costs. CMS plans to establish the program no later than January 1, 2012. CMS also plans to hold a listening session to hear stakeholder ideas this summer and to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the fall of 2010.
04 Jun '10