Commentary: Will the final Medicare ACO rule lead to a new paradigm?

By: William S. Bernstein
– Government Health IT

The Final Rule implementing the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) leaves no doubt that CMS is doing all it can to encourage the formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs). It addresses many of the most significant objections raised by stakeholders earlier this year and in so doing creates a payment model which could accelerate real change in the way healthcare services are paid for and delivered.

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