Mark A. Zezza
M. A. Zezza, The Final Rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program, The Commonwealth Fund, December 2011.
The Affordable Care Act authorizes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish a Medicare Shared Savings Program that would create a new category of health care provider, called accountable care organizations (ACOs), in the Medicare program. On March 31, 2011, CMS released a proposed rule for implementing the new program and solicited public comment. On October 20, 2011, CMS released the final rule for implementing the new program. This paper offers a detailed summary of the final rule.