The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice have jointly issued a proposed enforcement policy for the application of the antitrust laws to healthcare collaborations among otherwise independent providers and provider groups that seek to participate as accountable care organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The agencies seek public comments until May 31, 2011, on the proposed enforcement policy and the new antitrust "safety zone" it would create.

For more information and the proposed antitrust policy, please visit the FTC and DOJ’s Proposed Statement.

See the recent federal rule on accountable care organizations announced on March 31, 2011 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Health and Human Services (HHS).