ACC Comment on Medicare Proposed Physician Cuts

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Statement attributable to Alfred Bove, M.D., President of the American College of Cardiology:

“The American College of Cardiology is shocked that CMS has proposed to cut payments to cardiology services by 11 percent in a single year. These proposed cuts are based on the incorporation of a few esoteric pieces of data into a complex formula. The focus on this formula completely ignores the very important issues of access that are certain to be created by these huge slashes in payment. Services that have improved countless lives by diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease are scheduled to have payment cuts in the range of 25 to 42 percent.

“The ACC is very concerned that CMS chose to disregard the standards it previously put in plae to ensure the quality of practice expense data. We believe this is a significant departure from previous policy and may be a violation of statute. It is ironic that the agency that purports to support an evidence-based approach to medicine is making major decisions based on such shoddy and incomplete data.

“Given the extensive discussion of previous surveys in previous rules, the ACC is concerned about the very brief discussion of the new survey in this proposal. In previous rules, CMS has stated its strong concerns about wild swings in payments for services and has chosen not to implement significant changes in payments in a single year. The ACC questions why they would propose to do so this time.”


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