Fair and adequate reimbursement for infectious diseases physicians is a key IDSA policy priority. The Society also advocates for access to appropriate treatments for patients with serious infections and for medical liability reform. IDSA’s positions on specific reimbursement and access issues that impact the practice of infectious diseases and Advocacy Alerts to key policy priorities are provided below.
IDSA provides comments on the Medicare Program Revisions to Proposed Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2016 regarding the lack of applicable quality measures to the ID specialist, the need for improving payment accuracy for primary care and care management services, incident to service billing requirements, the physician compare website, physician quality reporting system (PQRS), value-based payment modifier (VM), quality and resource use reports (QRURs), the merit-based incentive payment systems (MIPS) and alternative payments models (APMs) provisions within the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and permissible ID physician compensation activities within the healthcare system.
IDSA provides comments on the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) Payment Model for Acute Care Hospitals Furnishing Lower Extremity Joint Replacement Services Proposed Rule expressing concerns with the financial arrangement, gainsharing payments aspects of the proposed rule as well as our support for the opportunity to provide Medicare joint replacement patients with home health services with Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT).
IDSA jointly provides comments on the National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures: Sepsis Bundle Project (SEP) Performance Measure. Specifically, the undersigned specialty societies share concerns with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid regarding the broad-spectrum antibiotic selection data element of the SEP performance measure.
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