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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acute Care Episode very exciting demonstration program. ACE fact sheet, provider gain-sharing, patient cost savings program, required quality measures, application bidding information for future participants. Medicare will directly compensate patients 50% of procedure cost savings from hospital competitive bidding up to a capped amount equal to Part B premium ($1,157). Physicians, partnered with patients, can share savings up to 25% of their procedure fee. Government incentives and quality reporting measures are clearly defined. The pilot programs should be very successful and will become foundation for Accountable Care Organization program applications in January, 2011 for January, 2012 go-live.
created May 10, 2010
updated February 11, 2013