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Monday, November 23, 2015

TMA Says Future Medicare Requirements Are Wasteful, Costly

TMA is “very concerned that many of the compliance, documentation, and reporting requirements that will be implemented in the future Medicare system are wasteful, costly, and do little or nothing to improve care quality or increase efficiency,” TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The strong comments came in response to a CMS request for information regarding implementation of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), promotion of alternative payment models, and incentive payments for participation in alternative payment models. “The requirements and incentives may even have the counterproductive effect of reducing access to good ambulatory care for some or all Medicare beneficiaries,” Dr. Garcia’s letter said. “If the goal is to reduce total medical cost, it is counterproductive to try to achieve that by increasing the total cost of medical practice. If the goal is better use of ambulatory care by patients, it is counterproductive to penalize the physicians who provide it.”

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