February 05, 2021
CMS Notice – Improving Accuracy of Medicare Payments
Please see the below notice from the Centers from Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ASA members are encouraged to participate in these surveys if contacted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is very important that CMS and other government agencies obtain current and accurate data, particularly as it may help shed light and help encourage a solution for anesthesia’s recurring problem of undervalued Medicare services – the 33% Problem.
Improving Accuracy of Medicare Payments
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) conducts numerous surveys of hospitals and health care providers that are used by the government to make economic decisions that affect the entire medical care system. Key users include CMS, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the U.S. Congress. CMS uses these surveys to adjust Medicare Fee-for-Service payments each year, affecting approximately $300 billion in payments.
If you’re contacted by BLS, please participate in the survey to help ensure the data are as accurate as possible. Recently, many health care providers didn’t complete the survey, which can reduce the representativeness of the data and increase volatility in estimates. Your participation in these surveys helps address these issues and increase the validity of the data. Participation is voluntary, confidential, and the data are only used for statistical purposes.