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Washington (November 3, 2017)— The American College of Physicians (ACP), expressed support for some of the provisions included in the final rules for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2018, and noted some areas of concern in the rules that were released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Nov. 2.
“As a practicing primary care internist, I am greatly encouraged that CMS is proposing improvements in the physician fee schedule to help me and my colleagues provide coordinated, patient-centered, high value and team-based care to our patients” said Susan Thompson Hingle, MD, MACP, chair, Board of Regents, ACP. “We look forward to providing CMS with detailed comments to support these improvements while recommending other changes to strengthen primary care.”
In the 2018 fee schedule, ACP called particular attention to improvements made in three areas:
CMS also released the final rule for Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program, with an opportunity to provide comments on the rule to CMS by Jan. 1. Year 2 maintains many of the flexibilities from the first year of the QPP, to help physicians with the continued process of transitioning to the new payment incentive program established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.
“We will be looking at the QPP rule closely to identify positive improvements that CMS has already made and to make more detailed suggestions about changes that CMS can make to ease some of the regulatory burdens on physicians,” continued Dr. Hingle.
Specifically, ACP is pleased that CMS made some positive improvements to the Quality Payment Program (QPP).
However, ACP has concerns about several of the provisions of the rule; in particular some of the provisions are inconsistent with recently announced CMS initiatives on “Patients Over Paperwork” and “Meaningful Measures.”
“We were heartened to see the announcement from CMS this week of their new initiatives designed to ease unnecessary administrative burdens on physicians; Patients Over Paperwork and Meaningful Measures,” concluded Dr. Hingle. “In light of the recent announcement we are encouraged that CMS will follow through and address our concerns.”
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