October 4, 2017

ISASS Signs on to Multi-Society Letter Urging Statutory Flexibility in Implementing MACRA

On October 2,  ISASS and 118 state and specialty societies wrote to Congress urging the enactment of legislation to ensure that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has the flexibility to continue a transitional approach to the implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).  The letter was addressed to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and also went to chairs and ranking members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees. MACRA was bipartisan legislation signed into law in April 2015 to permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), streamline physician quality reporting programs, and provide incentive payments for physician participation in alternative payment models. […]
October 3, 2017

ISASS November Course 2017 Faculty Bios

September 29, 2017

ISASS Policy & Advocacy News – September 2017

News and noteworthy information for September 2017: ISASS Comments on 2018 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule ISASS Comments on Proposed Hospital Outpatient and ASC Rule Quality Payment Program – Pick Your Pace – Avoid Losing 4% of your Medicare Reimbursements Regulatory Relief Initiatives ISASS Comments on 2018 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule On July 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2018. The PFS pays for services furnished by physicians and other practitioners in all sites of service. These services include but are not limited to visits, surgical procedures, diagnostic tests, […]
September 7, 2017

ISASS Comments on 2018 Proposed Hospital Outpatient and ASC Rule

On July 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System policy changes, quality provisions, and payment rates proposed rule. CMS will issue the final 2018 rule by November 1, 2017. (Please note that physician payment is made under the Physician Fee Schedule; hospitals are paid for outpatient services under the OPPS and ASCs are paid under the ASC payment system, both detailed in this rulemaking.) ISASS submitted comments to CMS in support of the addition of CPT codes 22856 (Total disc arthroplasty (artificial disc), anterior approach, including discectomy with end plate preparation (includes osteophytectomy for nerve root or spinal cord decompression and […]