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Healthcare Information Systems Solutions since 1980 APRIL 5, 2011  / Issue 13
ACO Regulations Update
Viewpoint: Medicare Shared Savings Program and Accountable Care Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)

The March 31 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), taken initially, presents as a flexibly tiered and well-thought-out proposal to aid in the improvement of care coordination and care quality while vigorously attempting to control healthcare costs.
By Justin Barnes, chairman emeritus, EHR Association and VP of marketing, corporate development and government affairs, Greenway Medical Technologies.

CMS releases ACO rules

On March 31, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS, issued proposed regulations governing accountable care organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. ACOs, which according to HHS “create incentives for healthcare providers to work together to treat an individual patient across care settings,” are slated to start in Jan. 2012. Before the rule is finalized, CMS will review all comments from the public and may make changes to its proposals based on those comments. You can download the full regulations document here.

ACOs: Improving care coordination for people with Medicare
Review a handy federal fact sheet. (HealthCare.gov)
FAQ on ACOs: Accountable care organizations explained
The basics and a little more about the “hottest three-letter word in healthcare.” (Kaiser Health News)
10 key points in newly released proposed rules on ACOs
Learn about projected savings, who can join and more. (Becker’s ACS Review.)
HHS unveils ACO details
Includes many links to commentaries and extra stories. (Kaiser Health News)

Get ready for 5010

This week a broad group of healthcare industry stakeholders is putting on a series of free webinars to help with the transition to Version 5010, which is less than 10 months away. You can still get in on the action at 1 p.m. EST every day from now until Friday by registering for one or more sessions covering: large practices and facilities (4/5), Medicare fee for service (4/6), clearinghouses (4/7) and commercial payers (4/8). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is supporting this educational effort.


Featured Survey
Be heard: Take part in the 2011 Data Management Survey

Healthcare storage virtualization company BridgeHead Software has posted the online questionnaire for its second annual Healthcare IT Leadership Perspectives: Data Management Survey for IT professionals. Share your opinions, and you may even snag an iPad, a Garmin navigation device or an Amazon.com voucher. Survey runs from March 23 through May 13, 2011.


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