• HHS Issues Proposed ACO Regulations
  • April 7, 2011
  • Law Firm: Drinker Biddle Reath LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • On March 31, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued longawaited proposed regulations on Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) -- a new delivery and payment model aimed at improving the health of Medicare beneficiaries while reducing the rate of growth in health care spending. ACOs were authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The regulations are subject to a public comment period and possible modifications by HHS based on those comments before they become final. The public comment period expires 60 days from the scheduled April 7, 2011, date of publication.