NCMS Letter Cites “Significant Concerns” Over Proposed Antitrust Policy Statement for ACOs

The North Carolina Medical Society has provided feedback on the proposed Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. NCMS President John R. Mangum, MD, says the NCMS has “significant concerns about the deterrent effect the proposed regulations and related documents, including the proposed Antitrust Policy Statement, will have on participation in the Shared Saving Program if these proposals are not substantially modified.”

Dr. Mangum’s comments were contained in a letter to Federal Trade Commission Secretary Donald Clark on May 31, 2011. The NCMS is urging the FTC to rework the proposals to ensure that participation in the Shared Savings Program is feasible for physician practices of all sizes and capabilities. The NCMS supports the goals of the Shared Savings Program and the AMA’s recommendations for the Proposed Antitrust Policy Statement.

The American Medical Association (AMA) today submitted comments to CMS on their proposed rule for accountable care organizations (ACOs). The AMA comments to CMS come a week after the AMA submitted comments to the FTC and DOJ regarding their proposed policy on antitrust enforcement of ACOs.


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