The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released proposed new rules to help doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers better coordinate care for Medicare patients through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).  ACOs create incentives for health care providers to work together to treat an individual patient across care settings – including doctor’s offices, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. The Medicare Shared Savings Program will reward ACOs that lower health care costs while meeting performance standards on quality of care and putting patients first.  Patient and provider participation in an ACO is purely voluntary.


The proposed rule and joint CMS/OIG notice are posted here.  For more information, read the fact sheet at

The Proposed Antitrust Policy Statement is available here. 

The IRS Guidance and Solicitation of Comments will be posted at:

See also: Accountable Care Organizations

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