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Regulatory relief is MGMA's advocacy priority

Physician practices face ballooning federal regulatory mandates that impede innovation, drive up costs, and stand in the way of delivering better care for Medicare beneficiaries. 

Every day, physician practices must redirect limited resources from clinical quality improvement and patient care toward understanding and implementing federal rules and regulations. 

While certain federal regulations may result in standardization across the industry and thus reduce burden, many impede patient care and access. Further, the scope and pace of change is unsustainable. CMS estimates it issues 58 new rules, including 11,000 pages, each year. 

Physician practices need relief from the flood of red tape and bureaucracy. MGMA is advocating for change now.

 

2017 Regulatory Burden Survey: Assesses the costs and challenges of group practice compliance with federal mandates

The survey includes responses from over 750 group practices with the largest representation in independent medical practices and in groups with 6 to 20 physicians.

 

MGMA advocates for regulatory relief

  • At an invitation-only meeting with officials from CMS and ONC in early Jan., MGMA heard updates from both agencies about their “Patients over Paperwork” Initiative and shared recommendations to further reduce unnecessary red tape in healthcare through streamlining documentation requirements, standardizing transactions, and reducing quality reporting mandates. 
  • MGMA participated in an Oct. 26 roundtable meeting with CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, and other agency officials who announced the “Patients over Paperwork” initiative. 
  • At the invitation-only “Cut the Red Tape” Summit hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Oct. 2, 2017, MGMA offered recommendations to reduce unnecessary government regulations.
  • In response to the House Committee on Ways and Means “Medicare Red Tape Relief Project,” MGMA recommended several steps Congress can take to improve the legislative and regulatory landscape for group practices, including simplifying federal quality reporting requirements, rolling back restrictions on furnishing telehealth services in Medicare, and modernizing the Stark Physician Self-Referral Law.
  • MGMA submitted detailed recommendations in response to CMS’ Request for Information on CMS Flexibilities in the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule about steps the administration can take to significantly decrease unnecessary regulatory paperwork and improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery in this country.
  • MGMA strongly urged CMS to simplify the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and decrease the reporting burden while also expanding the list of qualifying alternative payment models (APMs).

 

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