House Republicans tell CMS to stop mandatory involvement in payment reform proposal

From Modern Healthcare:

House Republicans are asking the CMS to stop new mandatory payment models they say threaten quality of care and overstep the agency’s bounds.

In a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, the 179 members of the House say the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has “exceeded its authority” and “patients are blindly being forced into high-risk government-dictated reforms with unknown impacts.”

Lawmakers and provider groups have advocated at least delaying the new payment models, saying more time is needed to review the proposals. Republicans in the House have also said the Congressional Budget Office may be biased in evaluating the CMMI proposals.

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