The financial success-or failure-of organizations getting into the Medicare Shared Savings program is weighted heavily on the quality scores contained in the final accountable care organization rule.

That's the word from Mark Hamelburg, a senior counsel at law firm SNR Denton, during a Health Data Management Web seminar on Oct. 27 about the final ACO rule, released last week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Hamelburg and Bruce Merlin Fried, a partner at SNR Denton, walked through myriad provisions of the rule.

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