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The NANS Advocacy and Policy Committee, on behalf of the membership, recently submitted comments to the CMS focusing on the CMS Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program Proposal for 2019. NANS’s comments focus on three elements of the proposed rule: CMS proposals related to documentation and payment for evaluation and management (E/M) services; proposed relative value units (RVUs) for the neurostimulator services codes, and the solicitation of comments on the global surgery data collection effort. Implementation of the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, will improve access to providers and will also lead to a reduction in paperwork by focusing on improved physician-patient interaction. NANS’s comments also include a request for CMS to withdraw all of its payment proposals and work closely with interested stakeholders over to develop a refined approach that will achieve CMS’s goal of burden reduction while also ensuring the best possible outcome for patients. 

NANS also suggested that CMS not finalize the proposed work relative value units (RVUs) for the current neurostimulator procedures (a full listing can be found in the letter submitted), and should instead assign the work RVUs recommended by the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC). Lastly, NANS recommends that CMS not take any action based on the global surgery data presented in the proposed rule and should undertake further data collection and more robust analysis before proposing any changes to the global periods.

To see a copy of the comment letter, click HERE

You have recently heard that NANS, through our Advocacy and Policy Committee, has been  NANS has been collaborating with 6 other specialty societies (AAPM, ASA, ASRA, ASIPP,AAPMR, SIS) and legal counsel over the past several months to provide joint comments on MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System) and APM’s (Alternative Payment Models). We, along with the other participating societies submitted extensive comments regarding the proposed MACRA legislation on behalf of the participating pain community and our membership on June 27, 2016. An additional letter was also crafted and submitted with guidance and support from the American Medical Association (AMA). We wanted to provide you with a copy of the submitted letters for your reference. 

To see the AMA-coordinated letter, click HERE

To see the Multisociety letter, click HERE.

NANS was alerted to a request from The Senate Finance Committee to provide comments  specifically addressing if program incentives can be used to promote pain management that may minimize the risk of becoming addicted to opioids. The Senate Finance Committee also asked for recommendations that could expand access to treatment and prevention. AdvaMed & MDMA are also providing comments. The Advocacy and Policy Committee agreed to submit a comment letter to The Senate Finance Committee in response to their request. NANS members can access a copy of this comment letter.

To see a copy of the comment letter, click HERE.

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