Accountable Care Organizations

On October 20, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that establishes Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

If your organization is an independent ACO, or is part of an ACO, two foundational components of the final rule may be of special interest:


The iMedConsent™ application is uniquely positioned to assist your ACO with meeting these objectives.  This comprehensive informed consent and patient education solution allows for the management of critical patient communications – communications that are essential to optimizing outcomes and ensuring a positive patient experience.  The iMedConsent™ application produces:


All of these patient communications materials are available in Spanish as well as in English and they are written at a level that is understandable by patients with limited health literacy.  Furthermore, the easy-to-use, web-based iMedConsent™ application seamlessly integrates with EHRs and with document management systems.  Digitized patient signatures can be collected – solidifying patient agreement with their care plans – and those documents may be stored electronically in the EHR for easy reference throughout the enterprise.



Resource Links

CMS Final Rule on ACOs

CMS and Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Jointly Issued Interim Final Rule on Waivers of Certain Federal Laws

Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Jointly Issued Antitrust Policy Statement

Internal Revenue Service Notice on ACOs