Accountable Care Organizations: Draft rules and guidance released by CMS, IRS, OIG, FTC

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When it rains it pours. CMS today released several hotly anticipated goodies related to Accountable Care Organizations. First and foremost, the agency published a 429-page draft that details how CMS would implement section 3022 of the Affordable Care Act, which contains provisions relating to Medicare payments to providers who participate in ACOs. 

The agency also published jointly with HHS Office of Inspector General its proposals for waivers of certain Federal laws, including the physician self-referral law, the anti-kickback statute and specific provisions of the civil monetary penalty law. 

In addition, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice jointly issued  Antitrust Policy Statement, and the Internal Revenue Service published its take on guidance needed for tax-exempt organizations that participate in ACOs.

For more information:
- read this National Journal report

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