We report on significant Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) regulatory changes to beneficiary
assignment to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
Changes include prospective rather than retrospective
assignment, will increase the likelihood beneficiaries
receiving services only from certain non-primary care
specialists are appropriately assigned. The regulations
also improve the ability for Federally Qualified Health
Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to
participate in ACOs.
RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Thomas Vaughn, A. Clinton MacKinney, Keith Mueller, Fred Ullrich, Xi Zhu