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Recent Conferences

March 30, 2011

ACO Development: Policy meets Reality

In anticipation of new proposed federal rules for Accountable Care Organizations (released on March 31, 2011) this Forum analyzed key policy and program design issues based on the experience of health systems that were currently participating in the Physician Group Practice demonstration. Participants analyzed the impact of existing PGP rules related to patient attribution, risk adjustment and shared savings formulas, and made recommendations for improvements that should be incorporated in the new Medicare Shared Savings Program. Several health systems discussed the opportunities and challenges presented by these new programs within their own markets, and key stakeholders debated the potential for savings under this new model for health service delivery.