Notice: Get a jump on 2015 — Pay your 2015 ASA membership dues now!




January 23 - 25 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


February 07 - 08 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA Certificate in Business Administration 2015

June 26 - 28 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit



December 18, 2014

0.9 Percent Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container by Baxter: Recall - Particulate Matter


FDA MedWatch Recall - Particulate Matter

November 21, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Respironics California, Esprit V1000 and V200 Ventilators: Class I Recall - Power Failure May Occur


FDA MedWatch Respironics California Esprit V1000 and V200 Ventilators Class I Recall

November 21, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL by Baxter: Recall - Mislabeled


Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection 10 mEq per 100 mL by Baxter Recall Mislabeled



Add this product to your shopping cart

Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) Program

SKU: 30701-14CE

... Read more »

Single Copies, Member Price: $360

Accountable Care Organizations

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) seeks to improve the quality of health care services and to lower health care costs by encouraging providers to create integrated health care delivery systems. One delivery system reform is the Medicare Shared Savings Program under section 3022 of PPACA which promotes the formation and operation of accountable care organizations (ACOs). The establishment of ACOs is just one of many delivery system reforms that are part of PPACA.

On October 20, 2011, CMS released the long-awaited final regulation on ACOs. The analysis of the final rule by the ASA ad hoc task force and ASA staff is now available.

Former ASA President Alexander A. Hannenberg, M.D. initially created and Immediate ASA Past President Mark A. Warner, M.D. reauthorized an ad hoc task force to address this issue. Under the direction of Norman A. Cohen, M.D. this group will serve as ASA’s experts on ACOs and will work closely with the Washington staff to help formulate our position and develop relevant information for the membership. The remaining members of the task force include Amr Abouleish, M.D., M.B.A., Arthur Boudreaux, M.D., Richard Dutton, M.D., M.B.A., Patrick Giam, M.D., James Hicks, M.D., Robert Johnstone, M.D., Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A., Asa Lockhart, M.D., M.B.A., Gerald Maccioli, M.D., Douglas Merrill, M.D., M.B.A., Mark Neuman, M.D., Mike P. Schweitzer, M.D., M.B.A., Stan Stead, M.D., M.B.A. and Rebecca Twersky, M.D., M.P.H.

What are ACOs?

Rulemaking Status - Updated 10/21/2011


Key Documents

ASA Comment Letter on ACO Proposed Rule - updated 6/3/1011

ASA Letter to FTC on Proposed Statement on ACO Antitrust Enforcement - updated 5/31/2011

ASA Co-Signed a Comment Letter on the ACO Proposed Rule Focusing on CME/IME/DSH Payments

CMS Webpage Dedicated to ACOs

2012 ACO Narrative Quality Measures Specifications Manual

Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Physician Group Practices Application Crosswalk Instructions for Participants

Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Physician Group Practices Application Crosswalk Instructions for Pioneers Now Applying


Final Regulation

ASA Analysis of the ACO Final Rule

Final ACO Regulation Issued by CMS (696 pages)

CMS Comparison of Final Regulation to Proposed Regulation

Medicare Program; Final Waivers in Connection with the Shared Savings Program

Federal Trade Commission Final Statement of Antitrust Policy Enforcement on ACOs


Proposed Rule

CMS Proposed Rule on Accountable Care Organizations (429 pages)

Federal Trade Commission Proposed Statement on ACO Enforcement

Internal Revenue Service on Need for Guidance on Participation in ACO Program

CMS Issued Fact Sheet Summary of Proposed Rule

CMS Issued Fact Sheet for Providers

CMS Issued Fact Sheet on Quality

CMS Issued Fact Sheet on Legal Issues

CMS Issues Fact Sheet on ACOs and Rural Providers

Accountable Care Organization News

11-10-2011 - ASA Analysis of the ACO Final Rule

10-31-2011 - ASA Initial Reaction to Final ACO Rule

10-20-2011 - Accountable Care Organization Final Regulation Released

06-03-2011 - ASA Responds to ACO Proposed Rule

05-31-2011 - ASA Responds to Federal Trade Commission's Proposed Statement on ACO Antitrust Enforcement

05-17-2011 - CMS Innovation Center Announces Three New Programs Related to ACOs

05-09-2011 - CMS Issues Fact Sheet on ACOs and Rural Providers

03-31-2011 - CMS Releases Proposed Rule on ACOs

12-20-2010 - ASA Leadership Advances Interest of Anesthesiologsts at White House Patient Safety and ACO Meeting

12-03-2010 - ASA Responds to CMS on ACOs

12-03-2010 - ASA Joins Surgical Coalition Letter to CMS on ACOs

11-16-2010 - Request for Information from CMS on ACOs

10-22-2010 - NCQA Releases Proposed Standards for ACOs

10-13-2010 - New ASA Ad Hoc Committee on ACOs