June 07, 2011

Regulatory Education and Action for Patients (REAP) submitted comments today on the “Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations”.

REAP is an umbrella coalition comprised of patient advocacy groups whose goal is to strengthen current relationships and build new relationships with government agencies that have the responsibility for implementing provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended, and to ensure that implementation of the Act’s provisions is patient-centric.

In their comments, REAP applauded the decision to allow Medicare to lead in the development of care delivery through organizations that will be accountable for all of their patients’ Medicare Part A and B services.

"We appreciate that certain provisions of the Proposed Rule are intended to encourage participating organizations to change their approach to treating all of their patients – not just the Medicare beneficiaries that will be assigned the ACO for purposes of determining bonus payments," according to the letter.