The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a proposed rule to establish the Medicare Shared Savings Program authorized in the health reform law.

Under Shared Savings, provider organizations are encouraged to form accountable care organizations to tightly coordinate the care of chronically ill patients across the continuum of care, and to share in the savings that may result.

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General has issued an accompanying notice describing and seeking public input on waivers of certain federal fraud and abuse laws for organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

The proposed rule and notice are available now at the Federal Register Public Inspection Desk, and will be officially published in the Federal Register on April 7.

--Joseph Goedert


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