FTC, CMS and OIG Announce Public Workshop Regarding Accountable Care Organizations and Implications Regarding Antitrust, Physician Self-Referral, Anti-Kickback and Civil Monetary Penalty Laws

September 17, 2010

FTC, CMS and OIG Announce Public Workshop Regarding Accountable Care Organizations and Implications Regarding Antitrust, Physician Self-Referral, Anti-Kickback and Civil Monetary Penalty Laws

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have announced a workshop on October 5, 2010 from 9am until 4.30pm. The workshop will include panel discussions and a listening session on certain legal issues related to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Physicians, physician associations, hospitals, health systems, consumers, and all others interested in ACOs are invited to participate, in person or by calling into the teleconference. The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited to space and teleconference lines available. An agenda will be posted on the CMS Web site at http://www.cms.gov/center/physician.asp prior to the session.

Meeting information: The public workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 from 9am until 4.30pm in the main auditorium of the Central Building of CMS, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore MD. Registration must be completed by 5pm on September 27, 2010 via the CMS website at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/events/event.asp?id=607.

Submission of Written Comments or Statements for Discussion: Written comments or statements to be considered for discussion at the Workshop must be received by 5pm on September 27, 2010. Comments or statements should be sent to ACOlegalissues@cms.hhs.gov.