PEPC Calls on Congressional Leaders to Provide Short and Long Term Support for Independent Physicians and Practices

On March 20, the Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care (PEPC) sent a letter to Congressional leaders, highlighting a series of requests that would reduce administrative and financial burden for independent physicians and practices fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines in communities across the country. These requests include:

  1. Reprieve in reporting requirements for government programs in 2020, including for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.
  2. Significant new funding for the U.S. Small Business Association’s lending program, including specific set asides for independent physicians and practices.
  3. Delay implementation of the sequester for 2 years and increase funding to support Medicare physician services during the COVID-19 national emergency.
  4. Support learning programs that enable rural and underserved areas to coordinate with other clinicians that are responding to and treating cases of COVID-19 so that these providers may learn from others. Ideally, this would be funded through a federal funding mechanism to speed implementation of these learning programs and to avoid patchwork implementation by states.
  5. Extend the advanced alternative payment model (AAPM) bonus available to providers through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) for an additional five years.
  6. Pass legislation to improve the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for all accountable care organizations (ACOs), but especially those in rural areas (S. 2648/H.R. 5212).

Read the full letter here.

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