Comment Period Open for Proposed Medicare Rules Changes

If you have a lot of time on your hands, and you want to spend that time looking over proposed rules that will affect physicians who treat Medicare patients, have I got good news for you.

The comment period is open for two proposed changes to Medicare programs: an update to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and revisions to payment policies under the proposed fee schedule (PFS). 

So if you want to have your say on either of these issues, now is the time.

Seriously.

All you have to do is click on the links above to review the proposals and submit a comment. But clicking those links is probably going to be the quickest part of the process. There's a lot to these rules: multiple pages for each one, in fact.

Thankfully, these summaries are available: 

  • QPP update: This proposal addresses elements of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that were not included in the first year of the program. They include virtual groups, facility-based measurement, and improvement scoring. It also includes proposals to implement elements of MACRA that do not take effect in the first or second year of the QPP.
  • PFS revisions: This proposal establishes relative value units and other Medicare Part B payment policies to update payment systems to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services. Other proposed changes include potentially misvalued codes, telehealth services, and the Medicare electronic health record incentive program. 

Comments for the QPP updates are due by Aug. 21, and by Sept. 11 for the revisions to the proposed fee schedule.

Now, if you don't have time to read through all of these rules, I've got even better news than before: TMA is studying both rules and will send written comments on changes that are unnecessarily burdensome, where the compliance cost would exceed any possible benefit, or where patient care access or quality would suffer.

Because that's what we do: We work for you.

If you want to share copies of your comments with TMA, email them to Donna Kinney, TMA's director of research and data analysis.

Action, Aug. 15, 2017

Last Updated On

August 15, 2017

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