ACTION ALERT: Help CSRO Oppose the CMS Part B Payment Cuts
CMS Part B Payment Demonstration Will Result in Unsustainable Cuts to Rheumatology Practices and Create Access Problems for Our Patients
CSRO is asking physicians to oppose the “Medicare Part B Payment Model” proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 8, 2016, which would reduce reimbursement for Part B medicines from Average Sales Price plus six percent, to Average Sales Price plus 2.5 percent with a fixed payment of $16.80. If this proposed five-year demonstration project moves forward, CSRO is greatly concerned that patients would lose access to care.
Medicare patients and the providers who care for them already face complexities in their care and treatment options, and they should not face mandatory participation in an initiative that may force them to switch from their most appropriate treatment. A CMS initiative that focuses on costs rather than patients and quality, implemented based on primary care service areas rather than the unique challenges of patients, may result in serious access issues for patients, as Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions would be forced to navigate a CMS initiative that could lead to an abrupt halt in their treatment. This is not the right way to manage the Medicare program for any beneficiary – let alone vulnerable patients.
CSRO is asking members to contact their United States senators and representative and ask them to oppose the Part B payment demonstration proposed by CMS.
If you haven’t had a chance to participate in CSRO’s activities yet: