The move toward accountable care organizations kicks in high gear with the Oct. 20 issuance of final Medicare ACO rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

These include a final Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations rule, and an interim final rule removing certain barriers to ACO participation by establishing waivers to federal physician self-referral and anti-kickback laws. The rules are available here and will be published Nov. 2, 2011, in the Federal Register.

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