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Dr. Frank Opelka Testifies before U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee

Dr. Opelka testifies before U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health SubcommitteeFrank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Quality and Health Policy, American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, testified November 8 before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. The subcommittee conducted the hearing—MACRA [Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act] and Alternative Payment Models: Developing Options for Value-based Care—to explore how Medicare payment reforms are shaping the way physicians treat patients. 

Dr. Opelka described for lawmakers how the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (A-APM) developed by the ACS and Brandeis University, the ACS-Brandeis A-APM, proceeded through the Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) review and approval process. He shared how the ACS-Brandeis A-APM can revolutionize physician payment, as well as encourage and incentivize a team-based approach to patient care. Dr. Opelka expressed the College’s ongoing willingness to work with Congress on ways to improve and enhance patient care and Medicare physician payment.

A replay of the hearing is available on the Energy and Commerce Committee website and a summary of Dr. Opelka’s testimony can be found on the ACS website. Watch Dr. Opelka's testimony. For more information, contact Matt Coffron, ACS Manager of Policy Development, at