Medicare ACO Participants Hit Firewall

The earliest participants in Medicare's high-profile accountable care organization program have experienced problems accessing needed CMS data during their first six months of operations, according to the head of the agency.

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Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the CMS, told ACO advocates, experts and providers at a Washington conference Thursday that the agency was working to streamline ACO participants' access to their Medicare enrollees' data after some of them experienced delays in receiving that information. Rapid and comprehensive sharing of patients' clinical data between providers is a fundamental building block of ACOs.