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CMS Releases ACO Proposed Rule; HIT Featured

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made available via the Office of the Federal Register’s Public Inspection Desk the proposed rule on the Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).  The proposed rule will be formally published in the Federal Register on April 7, alongside a CMS notice of waiver designs in connection with Shared Savings Program and Innovation Center.

The proposed rule contains numerous references to HIT, including certain elements of the Meaningful Use/EHR Incentive Program.   Perhaps most notably, it proposes that 50 percent of an ACO’s primary care physicians be “meaningful EHR users” by the second performance year of the Share Savings Program.  Another section of the proposed rule suggests that ACOs implement integrated EHRs and clinical decision support systems and an IT infrastructure to enable the ACO to collect/evaluate data and provide feedback to participants.  Another section mentions that care coordination within and outside of an ACO could potentially be achieved through telehealth and the adoption of HIT with health information exchange capabilities.  There is also a degree of alignment between clinical quality measures proposed for use in the Share Savings Program and those used in the EHR Incentive Program.

The American College of Radiology Government Relations and Economics teams are currently reviewing the proposed rule and will provide more detailed information in the near future.

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