An article by Albany partner Matt Amodeo titled, “The ACO Final Rule: Good News and Bad News for Physicians,” was published in BNA’s Medicare Report.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finally released the ACO Final Rule on Oct. 20, after more than 18 months of industry speculation.
Matt, a partner in the Health Law Practice Group, noted that “While many industry observers were anticipating an outright overhaul of the proposed ACO rules, the Final Rule is more of a refinement than a wholesale rewrite.”
Referring to the 1,300 comments on the draft rule CMS received from interested parties, Matt said, “What is clear in the Final Rule is that the industry spoke and CMS listened.”
In his article, he outlines both the good and bad news brought about by the Final Rule for physicians considering participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (SSP.)