Accountable Care Organizations & Physician Hospital Alignment Strategies

We partner with our clients to formulate innovative physician-hospital alignment strategies.

Our Approach

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is forcing health care providers to reexamine their existing operating models and explore alignment strategies for long-term viability in the market.

We’re at the forefront of accountable care organization (ACO) implementation and have working knowledge of ACO formation and operation, including the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer and Advance Payment models.

We enjoy strong relationships and open communication with regulators at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services/Office of Inspector General, the CMS Innovation Center, and the Federal Trade Commission. This helps to clarify ambiguities and validate our interpretations of the law, ensuring compliance with payment policies, physician self-referral and anti-kickback safe harbors, Stark exceptions, antitrust, privacy, security, and civil monetary penalty (CMP) laws.

We offer strategic counsel on forming and operating independent practice associations, physician/hospital organizations, management service organizations, provider networks, and ACOs, routinely advising on licensure, practice management, fraud and abuse, valuation methodologies, and reports and nonprofit tax issues.

Working closely with the health network’s professional staff and consulting organizations, we also support the design and implementation of clinical integration initiatives, including drafting and negotiating ACO network agreements and agreements between ACOs and IT vendors.

We work with

  • Accountable care organizations
  • Hospitals and health systems
  • Independent practice associations
  • Managed care organizations
  • Physician/hospital organizations
  • Provider networks


Michael J. Taubin


Phone: 516-832-7521

Michele A. Masucci


Phone: 516-832-7573

Jill H. Gordon

Co-chair, Life Sciences Practice
Strategic Impact Partner

Phone: 213-629-6175

  • U.S. News/Best Lawyers has named Nixon Peabody “Law Firm of the Year” in Health Care Law in 2016
  • Ranked nationally in U.S. News/Best Lawyers 2019 “Best Law Firms” in Health Care Law, and received metropolitan rankings in Health Care Law in Albany, Chicago, Long Island, Los Angeles, New York City and Rhode Island
  • Ranked in Illinois, Massachusetts and New York for Health Care in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized lawyers by Best Lawyers in America in the field of Health Care law
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