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HEALTH REFORM: Awaiting the Medicare Shared Savings Program Regulations: Progress on the Road to Accountable Care?

According to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), Dr. Donald M. Berwick, the long-awaited proposed regulations implementing the Medicare Shared Savings Program[1] should be out soon. Given the incredible proliferation of policy, business, and legal thinking about accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) that has taken place since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) less than a year ago, CMS’s initial effort to describe a program of payment and delivery reform built around the ACO “model” will contribute importantly to the national dialogue on accountable care and will give providers a first look at CMS’s detailed requirements for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

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Five Wishes for the Medicare Shared Savings Program Regulations

As the health care world awaits the Medicare Shared Savings Program regulations expected to be issued soon by CMS, below is a wish list for key attributes that I hope the regulations evidence:

1. Flexibility.


“Transforming health care everywhere starts with transforming it somewhere.” I hope that CMS takes Atul Gawande’s advice and avoids being too proscriptive in launching the Share Savings Program. To me, the biggest risk to the program is being deemed a failure for having gone down too narrow a path that turns out to be unsuccessful.

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Registration for Medicare EHR Incentive Payments Starts January 3rd

Registration opens for the HITECH EHR Medicare Incentive Payments on January 3rd, 2011 for both eligible professionals and eligible hospitals. According to CMS, registration for the Medicaid Incentive Payments for the state of Washington will be delayed until sometime this spring or summer.

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