The Alliance of Specialty Medicine submitted a statement for the record at today′s hearing on MACRA implementation held by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.
In the statement, the Alliance laid out its principles and concerns about the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs).
The Alliance supports efforts to improve the quality and overall value of health care. It is essential, however, that programs are meandingful to specialty physcians and their patients, driven by relevant clinical expertise, carefully evaluated for feasability and provide physicians with the flexibility to choose activities that are most appropriate for their practise. Physicians should not be held accountable for increasingly challenging and clinically irrelevant federal reporting and performance mandates. We encourage policymakers to take advantage of this opportunity to construct a better, more meaningful quality infrustructure and to do so in a transparent manner that respects the MACRA mandate to engage directly with physician stakeholders.