The Federal Trade Commission, CMS and HHS’ office of inspector general said an October workshop will focus on how to address antitrust, physician self-referral, anti-kickback and civil money penalty laws and possible exemptions to such laws in regulations under development for accountable care organizations.
The daylong workshop, scheduled to take place in Baltimore on Oct. 5, will also focus on how healthcare quality and prices may be affected by the ACOs, which were included in the health reform laws to test new payment methods, according to a notice in the Federal Register. ACOs may contract with Medicare beginning in 2012 to receive a share of the savings if provider networks reach certain quality and cost-control targets. Two morning panels will explore antitrust issues. Two afternoon sessions will allow for comment on physician self-referral, anti-kickback and the civil money penalty laws.