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ASA joins other groups in applauding CMS adoption of long-awaited practice expense update

November 18, 2009

ASA joined a coalition of medical specialties in congratulating the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its careful and reasoned implementation of up-to-date practice expense rates into physician payments. The new practice expense rates that were recently issued by CMS use accurate data from a rigorous survey supported by more than 70 medical and health care professional groups, and they begin a long-needed correction that should remain untouched by Congress. The new practice expense rates recognize that overhead costs differ among physician specialties, and rely upon data that was independently corroborated by a respected third-party survey firm.

The latest practice expense data is based on a new Physician Practice Information Survey (PPIS) conducted in 2008 under strict methodology as outlined by CMS. The results were validated by The Lewin Group, an independent survey firm. CMS’ implementation of reimbursement rates based on the new practice cost data ends four years of losses by many specialties that began in 2005, when CMS adopted external data from only a few specialties. CMS corrects the previous imbalances in its 2010 Final Fee Schedule rule, but will phase in the new practice expense data over a four-year period. In their own words from the rule, CMS calls PPIS “the most comprehensive, multispecialty, contemporaneous, consistently collected PE data source available.” The data does not by itself result in more payments to physicians, but a redistribution of the payment pool based in part on the practice expense data.

The survey design and methodology had the wide support of medicine and other health care professional groups, including funding from CMS and the AMA. Medical and health care groups were not alone in calling for new practice expense data. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the Government Accounting Office (GAO) had called for CMS to update data for all specialties.

The coalition members are:

American Academy of Dermatology Association
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Neurology Professional Association
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Surgeons
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Optometric Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Infectious Diseases Society of America