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Immediate Action Needed: Help Deliver ACS Message

February 07, 2018 8:46 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

In the next two days, Congress will be considering legislation to continue to fund the government.  In the past 24 hours, we have learned that Congress intends to include some additional items in this legislation.  The ACS supports two of these items but is in opposition to another.  We strongly encourage you to review ACS’s letter circulated to all members of Congress earlier today.

In brief, the three issues include:

  1. Flexibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) related to how much weight will be ascribed to the cost component in an individual physician’s MIPS score as well as setting the level at which physicians will either receive a bonus or a cut.  This language, and the effort to include it, has been spearheaded and long championed by the ACS. ACS strongly supports the inclusion of these provisions in the larger legislation.
  2. Easing meaningful use (MU) requirements by removing an outdated requirement directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue to make meaningful use standards increasingly stringent over time.  Increasingly stringent MU requirements that do not lead to improvements in patient care are unnecessary and unfair to both patients and providers.  ACS supports this language.

  3. Continuation of the severely misguided policy relative to “Misvalued Codes” that will almost certainly result in broad, across the board cuts in Medicare physician payment. ACS opposes this language.

We need your help in ensuring that all Senators and Representatives know the ACS’ position on these provisions.  Accordingly, we ask you to use the link below to send a message to your individual Senators and Representative, informing them that you support the ACS position.  

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