Implementing Health Care Reform: Coops, MEWAs and Medicare Data

Timothy Jost

Posted 12/12/11 on The Health Affairs Blog

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The week of December 5 was a particularly busy week in health care reform implementation.  After a lull over the Thanksgiving holiday, new regulations, proposed regulations, guidance, and grant announcements have poured out of the agencies.  This post will briefly summarize three of these issuances: the final rule on the Establishment of Consumer Operated and Oriented (CO-OP) program; the final rule on the Availability of Medicare Data for Performance Measurement to qualified entities; and a series of proposed rules and forms issued by the Department of Labor to implement new provisions of the ACA intended to address Multiple Employer Welfare Association (MEWA) fraud and abusive practices.

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