In a letter to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Alliance of Specialty Medicine raised concerns about policy options under consideration that would improve payments to primary care physicians at the expense of specialists. The Alliance highlighted the limitations of Medicare payment policy in driving specialty selection and described the various initiatives that have already boosted payments to primary care under the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS), which have failed to make internal medicine and family practice more attractive to medical students. The specialty coalition also described the important role of specialty physicians, who also face workforce challenges, in managing Medicare beneficiaries with complex health conditions, which studies show are on the rise. The group urged MedPAC to withdraw the options and encourage other public and private entities to consider alternative means of increasing interest in primary care specialties.  You can access the letter by clicking the link below.

Alliance Letter to MedPAC on Primary Care Payment