The Digestive Health Physicians Association (DHPA) and a broad coalition of 29 physician groups voiced strong opposition to H.R. 2143, legislation that would eliminate the in-office ancillary services exception (IOASE) and make it harder for physicians to coordinate care for their patients.
Saving the In Office Ancillary Service Exception (IOASE)
Integrated models of care allow for better coordination across specialties, translating into higher quality, lower cost and more accessible care for patients. In its June 2011 Report to Congress, MedPAC recommended against limiting the Stark Law exception for ancillary services, citing potential “unintended consequences, such as inhibiting the development of organizations that integrate and coordinate care within a physician practice.” We urge Congress to protect patient access to high-quality, cost-effective health care by rejecting any changes to the IOASE.
The Digestive Health Physicians Association (DHPA) applauds the proposal in President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget to establish new protections in the physician self-referral law (Stark Law) for health care services furnished through Alternative Payment Models (APMs). DHPA worked closely with Members in both chambers to develop bipartisan legislation that would do precisely what is called for in the President’s Budget.
DHPA applauds Dr. Andrew Gurman, president-elect of the American Medical Association for setting the record straight on the In-Office Ancillary Services Exemption in an op-ed published in the Hill’s Congress Blog today. The op-ed is one of the strongest statements the AMA has ever made in defense of the IOASE and its unique role in protecting […]
Despite its proven value in producing better health outcomes at lower costs, the integrated model of health care delivery in the independent setting faces threats. President Obama’s 2016 budget proposes abolishing in-office ancillary services protection for advanced diagnostic imaging, anatomic pathology, physical therapy, and radiation therapy services. Also, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued […]
While the integrated model of health care delivery in the independent medical practice setting has been proven to produce better health outcomes at lower costs, President Obama’s 2016 budget would make it illegal for integrated physician practices to provide ancillary services such as advanced imaging, radiation therapy, anatomic pathology and physical therapy. The GOP Doctors […]