Medicare Proposes New Doc Pay System

April 27 — A regulation proposed April 27 by the CMS would start the move toward a two-track doctor payment system under Medicare beginning in 2019.

The goal is to allow physicians who offer higher quality care to be paid more, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, told reporters during a briefing on the proposal.

The new system, called the Quality Payment Program, was required under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, which replaced the sustainable growth rate formula as the Part B payment methodology.

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