Accountable Care Organizations

The Centers for Medicare Services has proposed regulations around Accountable Care Organizations, a new entity that was created by The Affordable Care Act. Under the law, an ACO is a group of providers and suppliers of services that work together to coordinate care for the patients they serve who are beneficiaries with Medicare. Some of the Medicare Services' proposed provisions will closely affect registered nurses and the patients they serve.

Centers for Medicare Services' Proposed Regulations

The American Nurses Association recently issued a comment letter which serves as a guide to some of the provisions that closely affect registered nurses and the patients they serve. Use this letter to learn more about the ACO proposed regulations and zero in on those provisions:

ANA Comments on Proposed Accountable Care Organizations Regulations

ANA also submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice regarding proposed modifications of the antitrust laws to permit otherwise independent healthcare organizations to collaborate as ACOs:

ANA Comments on Proposed Modifications of Antitrust Laws

Below are two documents that provide background on Affordable Care Organizations:

ACOs 101 –a brief description of ACOs, along with links to more information available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS)
Follow the Money – a more detailed description of the financial aspects of the ACO model, including opportunities and cautions for nurses


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