Reimbursing Based on Quality of Care: Federal Government Releases First Look At Accountable Care Organizations

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On June 8, 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released an initial look at how it intends to implement Congress’ mandate to change how healthcare services are reimbursed in this country. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) calls for the creation of “Accountable Care Organizations” or “ACOs”, which are groups or networks of physicians and hospitals that voluntarily agree to track quality of care benchmarks and patient outcomes in return for additional reimbursement from the federal government.

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