ACOs and patient choice—What providers need to know
The Affordable Care Act authorized the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). To accomplish its goals, this program, relies on accountable care organizations (ACOs) that contract with CMS. This issue of the Health Care Lawyer includes an article by Elias N. Matsakis and Sabrina Cua of Holland & Knight discussing ACOs with a focus on issues related to patient choice in receiving care.
Drug compounding: Clear authority and more reliable data needed to strengthen FDA oversight
In the last year, there have been several instances of contamination and patient injury in widely used drugs supplied to physicians and hospitals by drug compounding companies. The most recent incident was in August of this year involving a Texas compounding company. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report in July 2013 looking at the issue of regulatory oversight of compounding companies. A summary of the GAO report is included in this issue.
Medicaid: Alternative measures could be used to allocate funding more equitably
GAO Looks at Medicaid Funding Formula: In a recent report the Government Accountability Office (GAO) looked at the funding formula for Medicaid and concluded that alternatives to the current formula might make sense and work in a more appropriate manner. This issue contains a summary of the GAO’s report.