Innovations in Health Care Delivery

Back in 1996, the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice, in providing antitrust guidance for multi-provider networks, considered financial integration and clinical integration as separate pathways for such networks to avoid per se violations of the antitrust laws and, instead, to be treated under the rule of reason, allowing for an assessment of their

by René Y. Quashie and Lynn Shapiro Snyder

As the health care industry analyzes the recently released final rule and related guidance regarding the Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”) for accountable care organizations (“ACOs”), it is important for the industry to also pay attention to key deadlines related to initiatives being implemented by the Center

by Patricia M. Wagner and Ross K. Friedberg

Among the criteria that the “Proposed Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program” (“Proposed Statement”) uses to evaluate an accountable care organization’s (“ACO’s”) risk of an antitrust challenge is the ACO applicant’s “market share” within each of its

by Patricia M. Wagner and Ross K. Friedberg

On April 19, 2011, the “Proposed Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program” (“Proposed Statement”) was published in the Federal Register. As noted in the Proposed Statement, the antitrust enforcement agencies (the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and

by Shawn M. Gilman, Douglas A. Hastings, Mark E. Lutes, David E. Matyas, Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Carrie Valiant, Dale C. Van Demark, Patricia M. Wagner, and Lesley R. Yeung

On March 31, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") released for public comment a much-anticipated

by Douglas A. Hastings 

According to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), Dr. Donald M. Berwick, the long-awaited proposed regulations implementing the Medicare Shared Savings Program should be out soon. Given the incredible proliferation of policy, business, and legal thinking about accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) that has taken place

As the health care world awaits the Medicare Shared Savings Program regulations expected to be issued soon by CMS, below is a wish list for key attributes that I hope the regulations evidence:

 

 

1. Flexibility. 

 

 "Transforming health care everywhere starts with transforming it somewhere." I hope that CMS takes Atul Gawande’s advice and

Now that we have sweeping new health care legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("the Act"), let’s look at the rollout of the accountable care provisions–i.e., those changes to the payment and delivery system that hold the most long-term promise of improving quality and cost-efficiency. They are discussed in my most recent article: "The

In my most recent article in the series I have been writing for the BNA’s Health Law Reporter on payment and delivery system reform, accountable care organizations and bundled payments, I comment on where things are now that federal reform has stalled. The article, titled "Payment and Delivery System Reform: It’s Only a Matter of Time," argues that changes in

In addition to the many hotly contested insurance and access-related provisions in the America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009, the Chairman’s Mark from Senator Baucus on behalf of the Senate Committee on Finance, released Wednesday, there is in the bill a section that addresses in a substantive way reform of the health care delivery