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Society submits comments to CMS on new payment models

The Wisconsin Medical Society submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday in response to a request for information regarding implementation of the two payment models included under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

To help physicians make the transition to new care and delivery models and assure access to high-quality care for patients, the Society urged CMS to carefully consider and adopt principles that:

  • support delivery system improvements
  • avoid administrative burdens for both patients and physicians
  • improve current quality and reporting systems
  • recognize patient diversity
  • provide choice of payment models
  • are equitable, relevant, actionable and transparent
  • provide stability and resources

“Overall, the Society supports the development of the value initiatives at CMS,” said Society Chief Executive Officer Rick Abrams in the comment letter. “Our members believe that properly structured incentives to provide high-value care (i.e., high-quality, low-cost care) will result in better care for patients at a lower cost for payers. We believe value-based payment policies can drive better quality, lower the cost of care and reduce overall costs for the Medicare program.”

The Society is one of five state medical societies that are part of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) MACRA implementation task force. The Society also is part of the AMA’s Alternative Payment Model (APM) sub-work group committee, which is comprised of technical experts and physicians working to make the new APM systems as practical and successful as possible.

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