Federal Guidance on Accountable Care Organizations Released

by Rebecca Farley on March 31, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services today released its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on Medicare contracting with Accountable Care Organizations. The HHS rulemaking process is likely to have a significant effect on the structure and development of ACOs, which were created under health reform as a mechanism for improving care quality while reducing costs.

To help prepare community behavioral health providers for the advent of ACOs, the National Council has made several resources available on our website and blog:

  • “Partnering with Health Homes and Accountable Care Organizations,” a report from the National Council
  • “Partnering with Health Homes and ACOs: A How To Guide,” a National Council LIVE webinar with Dale Jarvis and Laurie Alexander; offers information on how behavioral health organizations can form successful partnerships with ACOs. Recording and slides
  • Live Blog Webchat with Dale Jarvis and Laurie Alexander; delves further into the issues discussed during the webinar
  • “What is an Accountable Care Organization and Why Should I Care?” National Council LIVE webinar with Dale Jarvis; provides an overview of ACOs. Recording and slides
  • Collaborative Care section of our website, with resources and information on a range of topics related to ACOs and health homes
  • Delivery System Reform section of our blog, with resources and reports from the National Council and other organizations outlining the basic components of an ACO, barriers to integrated care, and more.

The National Council strongly encourages members to use these resources to familiarize themselves with the concept of ACOs. In the coming weeks, the National Council will release additional news and analyses about the ACO regulation issued today. Stay tuned to the Public Policy Update and MentalHealthcareReform.org for the most up to date information.

In addition, these resources explaining today’s ACO regulation are available from the Centers for Medicaid on Medicaid Services:

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