DHPA and 26 additional physician groups voiced strong support for S.966, the Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would substantially improve care coordination for patients, improve health outcomes and restrain costs by allowing physicians to participate and succeed in alternative payment models.
Modernizing the Stark Law
The Digestive Health Physician Association supports the bipartisan Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act of 2019 (H.R 2282, S. 966), which promotes care coordination and will enable physicians to participate more fully in the value-based payment models incentivized by the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
The legislation has the full support of 27 physician organizations representing more than 500,000 physicians who care for millions of Medicare patients.
The Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act would modernize the outdated “Stark” self-referral law that poses barriers to care coordination. Congress recognized the Stark Law hinders care coordination when it authorized the Secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to waive the self-referral and anti-kickback prohibitions for Accountable Care Organizations. MACRA’s full potential can only be achieved by modernizing this law for physician-led alternative payment models (APMs) as well.
The bill will provide CMS with the regulatory authority to create exceptions under the Stark Law for APMs and to remove barriers in the current law to the development and operation of such arrangements.
DHPA submitted comments in response to a Request for Information (RFI) from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding the need to modernize the Anti-Kickback Statute. DHPA’s comment letter complements another set of comments submitted to CMS which focused on modernizing the Stark law to remove […]
DHPA President Dr. Michael Weinstein testified before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee during a hearing entitled “Examining Barriers to Expanding Innovative Value-Based Care in Medicare.” Dr. Weinstein testified that expanding Alternative Payment Models (APMs) to independent practices will enable health care to move to a more cost-efficient setting. Dr. Weinstein urged Congress […]
The Digestive Health Physicians Association has submitted a comment letter in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Request for Information on the Physician Self-Referral (Stark) law. DHPA is committed to ensuring that independent GI practices across the country can participate in alternative payment models (APMs) and other novel financial arrangements that deliver […]
DHPA strongly supports the Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 4206, S. 2051), which promotes care coordination and will enable physicians to participate more fully in the value-based payment models incentivized by the bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) (Pub. L. 114-10, enacted April 16, 2015). H.R. 4206, was […]