October 11, 2016
House GOP Doctors Caucus Pens Letter on MACRA, Reiterates ASA Concerns with Implementation Timeline
On Thursday, October 6, 18 members of the House GOP Doctor’s Caucus (Doc Caucus) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan with concerns about the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in the proposed rule. ASA shares many of the concerns raised by the letter and applauds the Caucus’ suggestions for flexibility and increased physician resources.
In its letter, the Caucus writes “we encourage the agency to take note of the technical issues being presented in the comment letters of the various providers, specialty physicians and medical industry stakeholders.” ASA appreciates this emphasis on input from the medical community. In its own letter to CMS, ASA argued that the agency should delay implementation of a new payment system, and was pleased that CMS announced last month that it would offer implementation transition options and flexibility.
Also, the Doc Caucus letter notes “Following publication of the final rule and ahead of the start date, the agency must devote significant resources to educate practices about MACRA.” ASA supports this effort, and has already taken efforts to educate members about how to be prepared for the change in payment systems. You can find more about the resources ASA has created here.
Read the full Doc Caucus letter here.
Read ASA’s full comment letter on the proposed rule here.