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Second Opinion

Learn about policy issues important to medical schools and teaching hospitals, with Executive Vice President Atul Grover, M.D., Ph.D.

Medicare Testimony and Correspondence


  • AAMC OPPS CY 2017 Comment Letter

    September 7, 2016

    The Association of American Medical Colleges welcomes this opportunity to comment on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule entitled, “Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting; Organ Procurement organization Reporting and
    Communication; Transplant Outcome Incentive Programs; Payment to Certain Off-Campus Outpatient Departments of a Provider; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing VBP) Program.”

  • AAMC Comments on CY 2017 PFS

    September 6, 2016

    The CY 2017 PFS rule proposes several policy change which impact AMCs. Among the areas addressed by this letter are the payment update amount, collection of data on global surgery data, appropriate use criteria for advanced diagnostic imaging services, payment for care coordination and behavioral health care, and changes to the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program.

  • AAMC Letter on MACRA Proposed Rule

    June 27, 2016

    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC or Association) welcomes this opportunity to comment on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s or the Agency’s)Medicare Program; Merit-Based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive Under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models; Proposed Rule, 81 Fed. Reg. 28162 (May 9, 2016).

  • Group Letter on MACRA

    June 24, 2016

    The AAMC June 21 joined the American Medical Association in a letter the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Medicare Access CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) proposed rule.

  • AAMC Letter to ONC RFI

    June 2, 2016

    The AAMC supports efforts to increase the interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) and was pleased to have the opportunity to sign the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) pledge that contained commitments around three areas: consumer access; no information blocking; and in support of implementing federally recognized, national interoperability standards.

  • Group Letter on Opioids to House Leadership

    May 12, 2016

    On May 12, the AAMC joined the Premier Healthcare Alliance, American College of Physicians, Medical Group Management Association, National Association of Accountable Care Organizations, and the American Academy of Family Physicians in a letter strongly urging House leadership to include language in the final House opioids legislative package to allow certain stakeholders access to a patient’s entire medical record, including substance use disorder-related information, in order to promote effective valued-based care.

     

  • AAMC Comments on Medicare Part B Drug Rule

    May 10, 2016

    CMS has proposed a two phase mandatory nationwide model designed to address various methods for tackling the rising costs of Part B spending that are attributed to drugs which currently are paid at average sales price (ASP) + 6%, as mandated by law.

  • AAMC Thank You Letter to Senate Members for Star Ratings DCL

    April 20, 2016

    Dr. Kirch April 18 sent a letter to Senators for signing the Senate Hospital Compare Star Ratings letter led by Sens. Portman and Casey.

  • AAMC Thank You Letter to House Members for Star Ratings DCL

    April 20, 2016

    Dr. Kirch April 18 thanked House members for signing the Hospital Compare Star Ratings letter led by Reps. Renacci and Pascrell.

  • AAMC Comments on CMS Episode Group Letter

    March 2, 2016

    The AAMC March 1 submitted a comment letter on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) request for feedback regarding implementation of episode groups as required under the Medicare Access CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. CMS is soliciting public comments on identifying specific patient characteristics to classifying into care episode and patient condition groups.

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