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Dateline DC: CMS releases CY 2021 MPFS Proposed Rule

CMS releases CY 2021 MPFS Proposed Rule, which includes updates on payment policies, reimbursement rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the MPFS.

Record number of surgeons participate in virtual 2021 Leadership & Advocacy Summit

This article summarizes the highlights of the virtual 2021 Leadership & Advocacy Summit.  

Medicare physician payment and effective grassroots advocacy: A case study

Outlines how grassroots activity can motivate decision-makers to act on surgery’s behalf and underscores the importance of maintaining momentum in the 117th Congress.

Today’s surgeon compensation models fall short: Aligning incentives to create more equitable and value-based compensation models

HIGHLIGHTS Summarizes the evolution of physician reimbursement models and the transition to value-based care Describes the continuum of surgeon compensation, ranging from fixed pay to exclusively volume-based plans Outlines how nonclinical activities create value for current and future patients Describes a better compensation model, one that incorporates value creation as a guiding principle Identifies the […]

Enhanced web-side manner and digital inclusivity are key to maintaining telehealth momentum

Identifies the benefits of virtual patient care and outlines strategies that support digital inclusivity in telehealth.

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – February 2021

This column provides a timeline of the events that led to the passage of the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which directs the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to postpone plans to eliminate payment for non-office-based evaluation and management services.

2021 Medicare physician fee schedule: How will it affect your practice?

Editor’s note: This article was posted electronically with the January Bulletin so that surgeons would have access to the important information it provides regarding changes in Medicare payment that took effect that month. Because of delays in the release of the final rule on the updates, this information was unavailable when the print version of […]

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – January 2021

The College’s initiatives to address the challenges of 2020, including the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and Medicare reimbursement cuts, as well as efforts to promote and ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in all ACS-related activities, are summarized.

ONLINE FIRST: 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule: How will it affect your practice?

Editor’s note: This article is being posted electronically with the January Bulletin so that surgeons will have access to the important information it provides regarding changes in Medicare payment that took effect this month. Because of delays in the release of the final rule on the updates, this information was unavailable when the print version […]

The 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule

The 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule: An overview of provisions that will affect surgical practices

This article reviews provisions in the 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule that are relevant to general surgery and its related specialties.

What to expect from the 2020 Quality Payment Program

What to expect from the 2020 Quality Payment Program

The finalized policies for the 2020 QPP are described as is the College’s position on select portions of the final rule, including MIPs Value Pathways, which is a new participation option for 2021.

2019 Executive Director’s annual report

2019 Executive Director’s annual report

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, provides a comprehensive summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2019.

Table 1. PAR and non-PAR reimbursement

Medicare enrollment and participation

This article provides guidance to assist Fellows in navigating their contractual relationships with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC: An overview of 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule provisions that will affect surgical practices

This month's column summarizes key provisions in the 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule.

Medicare physician payment on the decline: It’s not your imagination

Medicare physician payment on the decline: It’s not your imagination

Congressional attempts to control Medicare physician spending through anti-inflationary policies are highlighted as are the future of Medicare payment updates under MACRA.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC: CMS releases two proposed payment rules

A summary of 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Outpatient Prospective Payment System/Ambulatory Surgery Center proposed rule policies that could affect physician payment is provided.

2019 Medicare physician fee schedule

The 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule: An overview of provisions that will affect surgical practices

This article summarizes provisions in the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule that are relevant to general surgery and its related specialties.

What to expect from the 2019 Quality Payment Program

What to expect from the 2019 Quality Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated policies for the 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) as part of the Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) final rule issued November 1, 2018.1 This article explores the finalized policies affecting the QPP and the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) positions on select portions of the […]

What Surgeons Should Know About...

Medicare participation and enrollment

Physicians, nonphysician practitioners, and other Medicare Part B providers must enroll in the Medicare program to be paid for the covered services and items they provide to Medicare beneficiaries. Providers must make their 2019 Medicare determinations by December 31. As the deadline approaches and providers consider their options with respect to Medicare participation, this column […]

The 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule: An overview of provisions that will affect surgical practices

This article summarizes provisions in the 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule that are relevant to general surgery and its related specialties.

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