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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Medicare ACO Seminar Features Healthcare Attorney Michael Magidson

Healthcare attorney Michael D. Magidson, Esq of Blalock Walters will present An Overview of Proposed ACO Rules and Regulations for Physical Therapists at the Florida Physical Therapists in Private Practice (FLPTPP) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, August 21st, 2011.

Registration details, including continuing education credits for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, are available at the FLPTPP website.

A Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a new type of healthcare devlivery set up under the Medicare Shared Savings Program beginning on Januarary 1st, 2012.

An ACO is a vertically integrated organization run by primary care physicians working for a large hospital or physicians' group. Various downstream providers, including skilled nursing facilities, outpatient physical therapists, physicians' offices and home health agencies, among others, will participate in the care of the patient.

The ACO, and its employees/contractors, will be responsible for 65 quality indicators measuring population health. ACOs who meet all 65 quality standards will be paid a portion of any Medicare cost savings over a certain benchmark.

Michael Magidson, Esq will go into greater detail on ACO regulations at the August 20-21, 2011 seminar in Orlando.

Michael practices in the Business and Health Care Practice groups at Blalock/Walters in Bradenton, Florida. Michael has been advising many of the large mergers happening in the healthcare sector right now. He also counsels clients regarding entity formation and business governance issues.

Physical therapists who want to attend the ACO Seminar can register here.


  1. How can I join it? I think I cannot attend on the said date. Is there any other meetings aside from Aug 21? I really wanna join.

  2. Here is the page to sign up for the 2011 Medicare ACO seminar for Physical Therapists http://www.flptpp.com/Contact_Us.html

    Please comment if you would be able to attend this seminar on another date. At this point we are looking at February 2012.


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