Health ReformPolicy & Law

CMS to Announce ACO Regs Soon

1 Mins read

What exactly is an accountable care organization? Interestingly, the term is as much a catch-all for reform as it is a strict rubric for quantifying certain efforts of reform. The potency of ACOs lie mostly in the controversy that surrounds their implementation with many organizations fearing bureaucratic power grabs at the hands of a mighty few. Hopefully Don Berwick will be able to shed some light on their necessary function with respect to reform.

ACOs are the subject of great debate, and many in the health policy world are eagerly following Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Don Berwick’s every move, waiting for the moment he’ll announce the rules defining what an ACO actually is. … Berwick said in a speech Tuesday that the pending rules on ACOs will be out very soon, and he said that all the agencies — HHS, CMS, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission — are working hard to coordinate […]

The CMS chief probably knows that his comments on the subject will not quell the issues surrounding ACOs, but will only add to the overall debate surrounding them. Although ACOs do have a place in reform, what many organizations chose to do with his guidelines only mean better efforts at reform in a general sense. Foundations for change have to occur and start somewhere. Berwick’s definition and classification of this reform tool is as good a place as any. | LINK

Related posts
Global HealthcarePolicy & Law

5 Tactics for Safeguarding the Global Health Industry Post-Covid-19

2 Mins read
We are beginning to enter into a new era in the fight against Covid-19, but there is yet more work to be…
Health carePolicy & Law

Three Tips for Improving Your Posture

2 Mins read
Posture is indicative of a number of things. Some importance, perhaps too much, is placed on body language. How standing and sitting…
Health carePolicy & Law

What happens when an inmate goes to the hospital?

2 Mins read
Healthcare is an important aspect of prisoner welfare in the US and indeed those who are incarcerated have a right to receive…