Administration offers early start for new Medicare arrangement

The Washington Post’s Amy Goldstein reports the following about the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs):

“The Obama administration is trying to hasten the spread of new arrangements to coordinate and pay for the health care of older Americans, even as major groups of hospitals and doctors are skeptical of the government’s plans.” Notably, Administration health officials “announced a program Tuesday under which medical teams and health systems could begin the arrangements, known as ‘accountable care organizations,’ for Medicare patients by the fall.” Just last week, however, the “American Medical Group Association, an organization of nearly 400 physician groups and health systems” in a letter to CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick noted that a “survey had found that more than 90 percent of its members would not sign up as an ACO,” because the “proposed rules, it said, are ‘overly prescriptive’” and “operationally burdensome.”

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