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June 6, 2011

Statement Type Regulatory Comment
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AMIA submitted comments today on the proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

In the comments, AMIA president Ted Shortliffe asserts that ACOs, especially as enabled by the science of biomedical and health informatics and tools such as health information technology (health IT), have the potential for achieving needed health care delivery and system reforms. However, he also enumerated a number of AMIA's concerns with the proposed rule, including such things as the high initial health IT investment, IT governance/integration, methods of data submission, and data sharing.