ACO reg­u­la­tions ex­pected by Nov. 1, CMS’ Blum says

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Medi­care’s fi­nal reg­u­la­tions for re­ward­ing ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions for the qual­ity and sav­ings they achieve are ex­pected any day now. “I would say def­i­nitely be­fore Nov. 1,” CMS Deputy Ad­min­is­tra­tor Jonathan Blum told Modern Health­care in an in­ter­view. The fi­nal rule im­ple­ment­ing the ACO pro­vi­sions of the 2010 health­care re­form law was sent to the Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get on Oct. 5 for re­view, usu­ally the last step be­fore reg­u­la­tions are pub­lished. The fi­nal rules have been de­layed by their com­plex­ity and by the num­ber of fed­eral agen­cies in­volved, in­clud­ing HHS’ in­spec­tor gen­eral’s of­fice, the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion and the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice. Sev­eral of­fi­cials from those agen­cies have em­pha­sized that the fi­nal reg­u­la­tions would in­clude sig­nif­i­cant changes from the pro­posed rule is­sued March 30, which was widely panned in the in­dus­try as overly rigid and fraught with too much fi­nan­cial risk with too lit­tle po­ten­tial re­ward. Blum said the CMS has taken those com­ments to heart and care­fully re­viewed about 1,300 com­ments sub­mit­ted. “But we also are bal­anc­ing the busi­ness side with the pol­icy goals of qual­ity im­prove­ment and lower costs through care im­prove­ment,” Blum said. “De­spite some of the rhetoric of ‘un­work­able’ and ‘no way, no how,’ I’m con­fi­dent there’s strong in­ter­est across the coun­try, and I’m con­fi­dent there’s go­ing to be even more strong in­ter­est when folks see the fi­nal rules.”

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