At Congressional Hearing on MACRA Rule, Focus Turns to Concern for Small Docs

May 12, 2016 by Rajiv Leventhal

CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt takes questions and comments from an inquiring Congressional committee

During a Congressional hearing on May 11, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt fielded questions about the recently released proposed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) rule, with an emphasis on its potential impact on smaller physician practices.

Slavitt has been making the committee rounds since the release of the rule on April 27, a dramatic policy move that will be making sweeping changes to physician payment. During his testimony on Wednesday in front of the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, Slavitt said he has 35 listening sessions and calls in May alone on the MACRA rule. During the next few months, healthcare stakeholders will continue to digest the rule, with comments due back to the feds in late June.

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