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AARP Welcomes New Rules to Encourage Higher Quality and Savings for People in Medicare


March 31, 2011


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AARP Welcomes New Rules to Encourage Higher Quality and Savings for People in Medicare

WASHINGTON – AARP today responded to new rules announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding a new delivery system of health care called accountable care organizations (ACOs). A statement from Nora Super, AARP Director of Federal Government Relations for Health, follows:

“AARP believes accountable care organizations hold great promise for giving people in Medicare better, more coordinated care while reducing health care costs and we welcome the chance to review these new regulations. We know when providers work together they can avoid costly and burdensome duplication and confusion that too often results in poorer health, preventable hospital readmissions, and higher costs for people in Medicare.  

“We are pleased CMS recognizes the need to inform patients about ACOs so that people in Medicare can choose whether or not to participate. However, we are concerned that the draft regulation may not provide patients with timely information, leading some to learn about an ACO only after arriving at a doctor’s office.  We look forward to working with CMS to ensure that patients are fully aware of their health care options before joining an ACO.”

“Our focus remains on making sure people not only have the right to decide for themselves if they will participate in an ACO, but also have the full and clear information they’ll need to make those decisions.”

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