December 2015 ACS Advocate
In this issue, the ACS encourages you to reach out to your members of Congress to sign on as a cosponsor to H.R. 3940, the Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act of 2015. H.R. 3940 responds to barriers created by CMS with its late release of new or altered Stage 2 MU requirements for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.
November 2015 ACS Advocate
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to publicly report performance score data for a subset of 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures later this year. Group practices and eligible professionals have until November 16 to preview their data as it will appear on CMS’ Physician Compare website.
October 2015 ACS Advocate
ICD-10 implementation starts October 1, and the October 2015 issue of The ACS Advocate focuses on what you need to know. There is a lot happening with CMS, so make sure to review the recently released 2016 MPFS proposed rule, the 2014 QRURs, and the new Medicare terms glossary developed by the ACS.
September 2015 ACS Advocate
The September 2015 issue of The ACS Advocate takes a look at the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule and how it affects surgeons. CMS has released additional information on its ICD-10 transition grace period. Make sure you are coding correctly.
August 2015 ACS Advocate
The August issue of The ACS Advocate
provides updates on CMS, state legislation, and the ACSPA-Surgeons
PAC. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released its 2016 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). Read more about how the proposed MPFS will affect you, especially following the repeal of the broken Sustainable Grow Rate formula.
July 2015 ACS Advocate
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) launched a new web tool this month to help Fellows navigate and succeed in Medicare's three mandatory quality programs: the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Electronic Health Record Meaningful Use (EHR MU), and the Value-Based Modifier (VM). The requirements and associated penalties of PQRS and the EHR-MU and VM programs remain in effect until January 2019.
June 2015 ACS Advocate
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted a meeting of Surgical Quality Alliance, which is comprised of 20 societies. At the meeting, participants discussed a range of topics, including: the interoperability of electronic health record (EHR) systems; the future of qualified clinical data registries; the background and methodology behind various public reporting websites; and much more. Learn about what is happening at the state level, including medical liability reform, motorcycle helmet laws, access to bariatric surgery, and a lobby day in New York.
May 2015 ACS Advocate
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) played a key role in Congress permanently repealing the broken formula used to calculate Medicare physician payment. The ACS will be actively engaged in helping develop the policies authorized in the legislation that stress quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries. The Centers for the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule for the 2016 Inpatient Prospective Payment System. The College is evaluating the proposed rule and will submit comments. The legislation that repealed the sustainable growth rate formula, which President Obama signed into law, will fund the Children's Health Insurance Program for two years.
April 2015 ACS Advocate
U.S. senators need to act when they return to Washington, DC, on April 13 to stop a 21 percent Medicare physician pay cut. The cut, caused by the broken sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula used to calculate Medicare physician payment, will take effect April 1, but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold claims for 14 days. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is urging all Fellows and their staff, family, and patients to call senators and urge them to pass bipartisan Medicare access legislation.
March 2015 ACS Advocate
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has been focusing on two important trauma bills that were reintroduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. The bills center on funding for regional trauma centers and pilot projects for implementing and assessing emergency care models. Some states are addressing the need for graduate medical education funding. Find out more about state-level activity and funding.