AAPM&R Signs On to Letter to CMS in Response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Members & Publications


April 5, 2016

AAPM&R, in a collaborative effort with the American Medical Association (AMA), the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and several other groups, signed on to a letter in late March to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlining recommendations in response to the agency’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would modify the Medicare Shared Savings Program benchmarking methodology. The main focus of the proposal is to incorporate a portion of regional cost data into ACO benchmarks. This would help compare ACOs to their region rather than requiring them to continuously exceed their past performance, which over time becomes increasingly more difficult, even for the most efficient ACOs. Overall, your Academy supports the proposal to incorporate a component of regional cost data into ACO benchmarks, and the sign-on letter urges CMS to modify aspects of the proposed benchmarking methodology, among other changes.

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.