On March 31, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released for public comment a much anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) implementing the voluntary Medicare Shared Savings Program (Program), which allows federally recognized accountable care organizations (ACOs) to participate in the Program. The Program was established by Section 3022 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). On the same day, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General (OIG), along with CMS, released a Notice with Comment Period (OIG/CMS Notice) to solicit comments regarding proposed waivers from the federal health care program fraud and abuse laws for provider payments made in connection with the Program.

The CMS NPRM and the OIG/CMS Notice were published in the April 7, 2011, issue of the Federal Register. Comments are due to these agencies on or before June 6, 2011.

View the ACO proposed rule summary.

Publication Date: Monday, April 25, 2011

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