Modern Healthcare: Doctors call for help to overcome barriers to joining alternate pay models

Modern Healthcare covered today’s House Energy and Commerce, Health Subcommittee hearing on MACRA. Here’s an excerpt from their article:

Physician groups say they need more government support in order to boost alternative payment model participation across medical specialties and organizations to comply with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

The American College of Physicians, American College of Rheumatology and other organizations told members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee that their members have concerns that have kept them from moving toward participation in an APM. The CMS expects more than 359,000 clinicians to enter into one of four of models offered by the agency in 2017.

But physicians need to access clinical data from their patients and the community quicker than APMs currently allow, according to Elizabeth Mitchell, vice chair of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, an 11-member panel of experts that provides recommendations to HHS on physician-focused payment models. The data are critical to measuring physician performance more accurately.

Read the full article here.