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  • Value-Based Payment Modifier for Physicians

    Over the next several years, Medicare is required by the Affordable Care Act to provide confidential feedback reports to physicians on their quality and cost of care. These feedback reports will lay the groundwork for implementation of a Value Based Payment Modifier that will pay physicians' differentially based on their performance beginning in 2015. It is likely that some of the information included in the confidential feedback reports will eventually be made publicly available through Medicare's Physician Compare Website.

    IDSA and other physician groups believe that the performance data underpinning the physician feedback reports and the Value-Based Payment Modifier must be based on clinically valid and risk-adjusted measures that attribute care to the appropriate physicians. The Society also has expressed concern that differential payments under the Value-Based Payment modifier will be implemented in 2015 concurrently with separate payment penalties under the Physician Quality Reporting System.

 

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