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July 18, 2018 | Daily News

CMS Administrator Seema Verma sent a letter to doctors touting a proposed overhaul of evaluation and management documentation and coding, as well as changes to electronic health records, as reforms that will make doctors' lives easier, though oncologists argue the E/M coding proposal “defies all logic.”

July 13, 2018 | Daily News

The Center for American Progress calls for reforming how the health system determines pay for physician services, arguing that improving the accuracy of Medicare pay rates is critical to a successful value-based pay system built on fee-for-service or moving to a single-payer system.

July 13, 2018 |

HHS officials touted CMS’ proposal to cut doctor pay for administering new biologics as a drug-price-cutting measure, but like other administration drug-price proposals it would hurt providers, not drug companies.

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

CMS proposed tweaks to the low-volume exception process for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, including allowing some otherwise excluded providers to opt-in to MIPS, in a rule released Thursday (July 12), but despite GOP lawmakers' urging, the agency did not lower existing threshold criteria to require more doctors to participate.

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

CMS is proposing to overhaul how Medicare pays for office visits and how doctors document those visits in what Administrator Seema Verma said would be “one of the most significant reductions in provider burden ever taken by any administration.”

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

HHS officials touted CMS’ proposal to cut doctor pay for administering new biologics as a drug-price-cutting measure, but like other administration drug-price proposals it would hurt providers, not drug companies.

July 05, 2018 | Daily News

GOP Doctors Caucus members asked CMS Administrator Seema Verma to cut back on the number of physicians excluded from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System when the agency sets participation thresholds for 2019, as the lawmakers say they are concerned the smaller number of physicians in the program limits the bonuses high performers can get.

May 02, 2018 | Daily News

HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday (May 2) the president’s drug-cost plan will go further than his budget, but he didn’t say what those additional policies will be.

May 01, 2018 | Daily News

CMS is considering giving Medicare beneficiaries a stipend that they could use to pay for subscriptions to primary care practices that don’t otherwise participate in Medicare, according to James Keese, executive director of the Direct Primary Care Coalition.

April 26, 2018 | Daily News

Doctors are asking CMS to again shorten the Merit-based Incentive Payment reporting period from a year to 90 days.

February 13, 2018 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce health subcommittee plans to hold a hearing soon on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, and House Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX) said a physician group he helped form is meeting soon with Energy & Commerce members to discuss Medicare physician pay.

January 16, 2018 | Daily News

Congressional Medicare advisers discussed Friday (Jan. 12) proposals to pay more for primary care services by cutting rates for other services.

January 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Medical Group Management Association is asking CMS to immediately let doctors know who is eligible for an exemption from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System in 2018 in light of new exceptions.

December 08, 2017 | Daily News

Congress' Medicare pay advisers plan to vote in January on a draft recommendation to eliminate and replace the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, which Commissioner David Grabowski said belongs in the “bad pay for performance hall of fame.”

November 17, 2017 | Daily News

Half of doctors would lose money each time they administer drugs if Medicare cuts are triggered by Republicans' tax-overhaul legislation, according to those following the tax reform legislation.

November 16, 2017 | Daily News

A former Obama administration CMS official said Monday (Nov. 13) she worries that the move away fee-from-service reimbursement and toward alternative pay models is losing momentum.

November 08, 2017 | Daily News

The Physician-Focused Payment Technical Advisory Committee chair and vice chair asked lawmakers on Wednesday (Nov. 8) to consider letting PTAC help doctors with technical aspects of alternative pay models, giving doctors in APMs more claims data and allow for limited small-scale testing of new models.

November 03, 2017 | Daily News

Many of Congress’ Medicare advisers said Thursday (Nov. 2) they could support replacing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System with an alternative the commission is developing, but two commissioners disagreed.

November 02, 2017 | Daily News

To hospitals' dismay, CMS cut pay for off-campus departments in the 2018 physician fee schedule, though that cut was not as large as the agency's initial proposal.

November 02, 2017 | Daily News

CMS added numerous codes to its list of telehealth services in the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, released on Thursday (Nov. 2) The agency also announced the agency is adopting recommendation’s from the American Medical Association’s Medicare Association-Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), without as many refinements as in the past.

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