McDermottPlus' Mara McDermott weighs in on challenging facing the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee as they await HHS action.
McDermottPlus Vice President Mara McDermott joins the Healthcare Policy Podcast for a conversation on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Direct Provider Contracting.
High-profile hires Mara McDermott, former vice president of federal affairs at a leading physician advocacy group, and Rachel Stauffer, former Hill staffer and HHS Office of the National Coordinator legislative affairs director, join the growing McDermottPlus team.
On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2019 Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B [CMS-1693-P], which includes proposals related to Medicare physician payment and the Quality Payment Program (QPP).
“The Trump Administration is committed to giving states the flexibility they need to make healthcare more affordable, and strongly supports innovations like value-based purchasing for prescription drugs.” – HHS Secretary Alex Azar read more >
More than 40 percent of all US opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription opioid, with more than 46 people dying every day from overdoses involving prescription opioids. From January through June 2018, it seemed legislative efforts to address the national opioid epidemic were the primary focus of congressional work. read more >
CMS is pursuing a demonstration project that would allow clinicians involved in risk contracts in Medicare Advantage to be exempt from the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. CMS announced an opportunity for public comment on information it would need to collect to carry out the demonstration. read more >
Medicare payment to physicians under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) is based on relative value units (RVUs) representing physician work, practice expense and malpractice insurance. These RVUs are multiplied by a conversion factor and geographic adjustment factors to determine the payment rate. read more >
CMS is scheduled to release the 2019 QPP proposed rule shortly. For the first time it is expected to be combined with the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, which generally is released on or around July 1. Here are our top five issues to watch in the 2019 QPP Proposed Rule. read more >