Negative provider reactions to proposed rules for accountable care organizations released March 31 have left CMS officials defensive and promising that the final version “will be better.”
In a recent interview with Modern Healthcare, CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick described those regulations as a series of “dials and levers” that officials will continue to adjust to make ACOs “plausible for all sorts of different potential sponsors throughout the country.”
“This is a proposed rule,” Berwick emphasized. “We took our best shot at trying to figure out where to set those dials and levers.”
Berwick said the public comment period on the proposed rules, which runs through June 6, will help CMS understand how the proposed ACO design will impact various healthcare providers.
“And I'm sure the final rule will be better than the proposed rule because we'll benefit from all of that input,” he said.