CMS to Allow Physician’s to Bill Medicare Patients Directly

Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 5:35 PM

CMS announced on Monday that it is contemplating allowing physicians to contract directly with the Medicare beneficiaries they serve. 

“We recognize that the best ideas don’t come from Washington, so it’s important that we hear from the front lines of our healthcare system about how we can improve care,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement.”

CMS is also taking a next step to develop a potential model in direct provider contracting, informed in part by the Request for Information (RFI). A direct provider contract model would allow providers to take further accountability for the cost and quality of a designated population to drive better beneficiary outcomes. Such a model would also have the potential to enhance the doctor-patient relationship by eliminating administrative burden for clinicians and providing increased flexibility to provide the high-quality care that is most appropriate for their patients, thus improving quality while reducing expenditures.

The RFI is open until May 25, 2018, and comments can be entered here.

Source: CMS

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