November 21, 2017
The American College of Rheumatology has called on CMS to “remove barriers” that it says hinder subspecialists and small practices from participating in alternative payment models. The organization issued its statement in the form of a comment letter in response to a CMS Innovation Center New Direction Request for Information.
“We believe the more rheumatologists who are able to participate in [alternative payment models], the more time they can spend with their patients managing their complex care needs, which will ultimately improve care quality and lower costs,” David Daikh, MD, PhD, president of the ACR, said in a press release. “To that end, we have recommended specific changes that would decrease the burden of financial risk on small practices and increase specialists’ participation in advanced [alternative payment models], specifically physician-focused specialty models and prescription drug models.”