The ACO Handbook: A Guide to Accountable Care Organizations, Second Edition

    View Author February 2015

    Peter A. Pavarini, Squire Patton Boggs partner and co-leader of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group, is one of three executive editors and the author of two chapters in the American Health Lawyers Association’s (AHLA) new publication The ACO Handbook: A Guide to Accountable Care Organizations, Second Edition.

    Senior attorney Kelly A. Leahy also contributed as an author of part of the publication, while principal Robert D. Nauman and healthcare fellow Stanford L. Moore were editors of certain chapters.

    While the first edition of this popular Handbook provided a much-needed understanding of the implementing regulations for establishing ACOs – several years later, there is a growing body of experience that must be taken into account by anyone involved in this area. Taking on financial risk for healthcare quality within an ACO requires careful consideration, planning and guidance. The Handbook will help you and your clients weigh the merits of creating an ACO, and help guide you toward a better understanding of the intricacies.

    The book analyzes various components of an optimized delivery system, and examines issues ranging from the financial aspects of ACOs to the unique nature of academic medical center, pediatric, and commercial ACOs. Coverage includes:

    • New chapters examining compliance plans, non-Medicare commercial ACOs, best practices and payer perspectives
    • A review of integration models used by hospitals and physicians prior to enactment of the ACA
    • Examinations of cost containment in the “Medical Home”
    • Waivers by the federal government of aspects of the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute and certain provisions of the civil monetary penalty law (Gainsharing CMP)
    • The implications for various organizations in their pursuit of integration and coordination of services, whether as an ACO or otherwise
    • The need for ACOs to understand health information technology, antitrust, financing and risk-sharing issues will all be critical to the operation and success of ACOs

    For more information or to order, visit the AHLA bookstore or call +1 800 533 1637.