CMS willing to work with legislators on Medicare Part B proposal — 4 insights

Patrick Conway, MD, a CMS official, said the agency is willing to work with Congress to make adjustments to its Medicare Part B payment proposal, according to The Hill.

Here are four insights:

1. Specifically, CMS will work on ensuring the proposal applies only to a smaller geographic area and will make sure the proposal does not negatively impact rural or smaller providers.

2. Based on these negotiations, Dr. Conway said CMS may extend the implementation timeline.

3. Earlier this week, a group of 242 legislators implored the Obama administration to get rid of their proposed payment changes to Medicare Part B. In a letter, legislators argued the program may harm patients by limiting their access to treatment.

4. Dr. Conway maintained his support for the proposal, saying, "We do think value-based work in the drug space is important."

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