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AMA wants safe harbor regarding ACOs
Modern Healthcare

The American Medical Association called for an explicit exemption, or safe harbor, from antitrust laws for accountable care organizations, a payment model that could create closer financial ties between hospitals and independent doctors. The professional association said in a letter to CMS that a safe harbor and other legal waivers (PDF) would be “the best way to preserve opportunities for appropriate competition in healthcare and choice for patients” by allowing independent physicians to remain independent within an ACO.