Doc Group Blasts CMS Physician Fee Schedule Plans
In a statement to CMS, AAMC also expressed similar concerns about Physician Compare, saying it is "concerned about the validity across the different reporting mechanisms. "Finally, even with the all progress CMS has made on the Physician Compare website, group practices are still finding errors about physicians and their affiliated practices."
Neither organization has detailed exactly how many "inaccuracies" there are in Physician Compare. To improve the program, CMS has made some changes to Physician Compare, such as tweaks to a website redesign, and beefed up its information. Still, the agency's efforts have been too feeble, says Brennan, noting that it needs to conduct a "thorough analysis of the accuracy of information" on Physician Compare.
Another major problem in the fee schedule involves the Physician Quality Reporting System, which provides incentive payments to physicians.
CMS is proposing to increase significantly the required number of measures, from three to nine, that the federal agency would use to allow physicians to earn an incentive, and avoid penalties under the Physician Quality Reporting System.
Physicians groups say it's going to be tough for doctors to identify relevant measures to report their processes successfully. Many physicians and practices do not "have sufficient experience with the program to justify such a dramatic increase in the number of measures required, particularly to avoid a penalty," according to MGMA-ACMPE.
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