CMS releases MACRA proposed rule

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The AHA yesterday said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act – or MACRA – continues the “incremental, flexible implementation approach called for by hospitals, health systems and the more than 500,000 employed and contracted... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, regulation, care coordination

Final MACRA rule offers challenges, opportunities for hospitals, says AHA

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule for Medicare’s new physician payment system offers both challenges and opportunities for hospitals and their employed or contracted physicians, the AHA said last week.

CMS Oct. 14 issued final regulations carrying out key provisions of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare

AHA participates in Washington briefing on MACRA

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Participating May 20 at an Alliance for Health Reform briefing on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president for public policy analysis and development, shared AHA’s views on the law and recent proposed rule implementing key provisions of its new physician... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Medicare, VBP

AHA submits MACRA recommendations to House Ways and Means hearing

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The AHA May 11 submitted to the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee several overarching recommendations for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APM) that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement in 2019 under the Medicare Access and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: physicians

AHA supports extension, expansion of Conrad State 30 program

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The AHA yesterday called for swift enactment of the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Act, S. 1189, legislation aimed at helping to address physician shortages in medically underserved areas of the country.

 Sen. Amy Klochubar, D-Minn., introduced the bill last May. The legislation would make the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, access, workforce

AHA urges Congress to reject efforts to relax physician self-referral restrictions

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The AHA May 26 urged Congress to reject legislation aimed at loosening current restrictions on the growth of physician-owned hospitals.

“Physician self-referral is the antithesis of competition,” AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack wrote leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee. “It allows... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, Community health

AHA urges Congress to preserve ban on physician self-referral

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The AHA today urged Congress to preserve the five-year-old ban on physician self-referral to new physician-owned hospitals and restrictions on the growth of existing physician-owned hospitals.

 “Conflict of interest is inherent in self-referral,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock, who testified... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare

President signs legislation to replace Medicare SGR formula

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President Obama Thursday signed into law the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act,” H.R. 2, legislation to permanently replace the flawed Medicare physician sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. The Senate April 14 voted 92-8 to pass the bill, which cleared the House on March 27.

The president... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, advocacy

Senate passes legislation to permanently replace SGR

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The Senate last night voted 92-8 to pass of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, H.R. 2, legislation to permanently replace the flawed Medicare physician sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula.

The bill now goes to the president’s desk for signature. The House passed the bill March 27.

The... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, Medicaid

AHA seeks speedy Senate approval of Medicare SGR replacement legislation

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last week vowed quick action on bipartisan legislation to replace the Medicare physician sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula when the Senate reconvenes on April 13. The AHA and hospital leaders also are calling for speedy action.

“We’ll turn to it very... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, Medicare, advocacy

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