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Revisiting the Medicare Shared Savings Program: An Interagency Effort to Promote Accountable Care

by Ross K. Friedberg, Shawn M. Gilman, Mark E. Lutes, David E. Matyas, René Y. Quashie, Serra J. Schlanger, Carrie Valiant, Dale C. Van Demark, and Lesley R. Yeung

On October 20, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released its final rule (“Final Rule”) implementing the voluntary Medicare Shared Savings Program (“Program”) for accountable care organizations (“ACOs”). The Program was established by Section 3022 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Final Rule was released in conjunction with revised antitrust guidance from the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), as well as with the establishment by CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of several waivers from various fraud and abuse laws. As part of this interagency effort to facilitate participation in the Program, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) also issued a fact sheet regarding nonprofit organizations’ participation in ACOs.

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