ASIPP members attend legislative session, advocate for MIPS changes: 4 notes

Written by Jessica Kim Cohen | September 14, 2016 | Print  |

The American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians recently sent about 50 members to Washington, D.C., where they attended a legislative session to advocate for changes in MIPS.

Here's what you need to know:

1. At the legislative session, ASIPP members met with senators and representatives, including multiple committee chairs. The members advocated for the society's proposed bill, titled the "Preservation of Independent Practices Act"

2. ASIPP hopes to delay the implementation of MIPS by one year. With this implementation timeline, 2017 would be a training year, to help practices meet criteria for meaningful use, physician quality reporting system and value-based payment.

3. ASIPP has asked CMS to provide additional, evidence-based local coverage determinations. The society says "noncoverage policies must be only issued by CMS with appropriate review process and evidence synthesis."

4. CMS recently announced it will provide multiple options for MIPS implementation. The federal agency says this plan will allow physicians to "pick their pace" of participation for the first performance period — however, ASIPP continues to advocate for the society's proposed bill, since CMS' announcement does not address all of ASIPP's concerns.

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