2016-06-14 21:00:10 UTC

June 15, 2016

The MACRA proposed rule could hinder GIs’ care of patients; ensure CMS knows how it will affect you.

Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) last year to require CMS to overhaul its existing programs for measuring quality and cost for the purpose of determining physician payment. The intent behind the law was to give physicians more control over quality by allowing specialty organizations to develop alternative payment models and value-based programs for care.

However, CMS recently proposed rules that could make the problem worse and impact your ability to provide care for Medicare patients. If implemented, the proposed MACRA rules would substantially increase your quality reporting burden from their current levels, make poorly-considered changes to GI quality measures and potentially restrict GIs from participating in payment models that provide substantial payment incentives. 

Your voice is key to stopping CMS before the changes are implemented

AGA is asking the gastroenterology community to contact CMS to protest these changes. New proposals from CMS must include input from GIs or physicians who could be harmed by this major overhaul of existing Medicare payment and quality programs.  

Take action

Visit the official federal government portal for submitting public comments on the proposed rule no later than June 27.

  • Open and revise the template letter to include your name, practice name and location.
  • If interested, supplement the letter with any of your personal experiences that you want considered.
  • Copy and paste the template letter into the box labeled “Comment.”  
  • Enter your individual contact information and press the blue “continue” button at the bottom of the page.
  • Review and submit.

Please reach out to CMS today to ensure that the voices of GIs are heard.

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