Draft regulations for accountable care organizations will come within the next two weeks, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told reporters after a congressional hearing on President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal 2012 budget. Federal officials previously expected to deliver the proposed regulations in January. The administration has focused on an “ACO definition from the outset that provides an opportunity for different kinds of care delivery systems to come together—particularly that they don't have to all be giant hospitals,” she said. “It could be that we make allowances for rural hospitals, for smaller providers.” Although she acknowledged concerns that local monopolies could drive up costs, the regulations won't discourage very large ACOs.
Late News: Draft ACO regulations are expected within two weeks
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