ACO Rule Gets Thumbs Down from Industry Influencers

Monday, May 16th, 2011
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Late last week, 10 healthcare heavy hitters rejected CMS’s proposal for ACOs on the grounds that it would prove too costly for many providers to implement. One pricy example cited by Geisinger Health System, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the eight other co-signers: the investment required to report on the 65 quality measures specified in the ACO rule. It will be interesting how the feedback from this group influences CMS, which has given the industry until June 6 to comment on its guidelines for accountable care organizations.

In the meantime, two Texas health systems are going ahead with plans to collaborate in a multi-provider ACO. This week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update provides the details.

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