ACO Rules to Run Over 1,000 Pages, Allow Broad Implementation

The long-waited proposed regulations on accountable care organizations are expected to run more than 1,000 pages long, according to a report by Politico.

And an HHS spokesman said the regulations would involve a broad implementation of ACOs while also authorizing pilot programs, according to the Alliance of Community Health Plans, citing the Congressional Quarterly, which has restricted access.

Chris Stenerud, HHS deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, was correcting an earlier report by McKnight's that the ACO rollout would start with pilot programs only. McKnight's reported that Marilyn Tavenner, second in command of CMS, after Administrator Don Berwick, MD, told a meeting in Nashville that the rollout needed to start with pilot programs to test different program models.

There have been many delays in the release of the draft rules. At one point, Mr. Berwick suggested they would be out by Jan. 15. More recently, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, said the rules would be out by the end of March, but last week she said they'd be out "in the next couple weeks," Politico reported.

Read the Politico report on ACOs.

Read the Alliance of Community Health Plans report.

Read the McKnight's report.

Read more coverage of past reports that the ACO rules would be released soon.

-ACO Rules to be Released Very Soon: Berwick

-Proposed Rules on ACOs Expected Next Week; Attribution is Final Issue Being Worked Out

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