This is the first post in Health Care Law Today’s Series on the final rule.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a final rule, on June 4, 2015, addressing changes to its Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”) Accountable Care Organization (“ACO”) Regulations. The final rule follows a proposed rule released on December 1, 2014. The final rule seeks to encourage continued and enhanced provider participation and to reduce administrative burdens for ACOs participating in the MSSP. Ultimately, the rule provides ACOs more flexibility in their participation in the MSSP. Over 400 organizations are now participating in the MSSP, representing over 7 million beneficiaries.
The final rule is effective on August 3, 2015, with the exception of certain designated provisions that become effective November 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016.
Among the highlights are:
Stay tuned for more details on each of these changes published in the CMS final rule.
Please note Foley Summer Associate, Noga M. Benmor-Piltch, was also an author of this post and the Health Care Law Today team thanks her for her for her contributions.
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