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Legal roadmap to accountable care

How can you be a player, and what are your responsibilities?

Section 302 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes provisions related to Medicare payments to providers of services and suppliers that participate in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

ACOs: What you need to know


The biggest buzz in D.C. over the last year has been ACOs--the new acronym in our healthcare lexicon. On March 31st, the government's plans were unveiled when CMS issued a proposed rule that implements this provision of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The "Medicare Shared Savings Program" will establish incentives for healthcare providers to work together to treat an individual patient across care settings--including doctor's offices, hospitals and long-term care facilities--as an accountable care organization (ACO).