We were pleased to provide feedback to the NCQA.

AMGA recommended NCQA get rid of the provision requiring ACOs to carry stop-loss insurance/reinsurance. Such coverage primarily applies to insurance companies that assume risk, not really potential ACOs. Such a requirement would apply to only a handful of potential ACOs and is certainly premature at this point in ACO development. AMGA also suggested that NCQA criteria for Patient Privileges and Obligations comport with current federal laws and regulations in all cases. In addition, AMGA strongly supported those standards associated with Information Exchange for Care Coordination and Transitions and Inhabitants Health Management, among others.All statistical analyses were performed with the use of SAS statistical software, version 9.2 . Two-sided P values of less than 0.05 were considered to indicate statistical significance. Prespecified subgroup analyses for birth-weight stratum, prior-intubation status, and the effects of synchronized or nonsynchronized forms of nasal IPPV were performed by using logistic regression by incorporating an additional treatment-by-subgroup interaction term. An exterior safety and efficacy monitoring committee conducted regular testimonials of patient safety using data summaries compiled by an independent statistician, making certain the analysis statistician was unaware of the outcomes.