Health Panel Comment Letter – Revisions to Physician Payments – September 2018

RE: 42 CFR Part 405, 410, 411, 414, 415, and 495: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the
Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program
Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program

The Panel is pleased to offer comments in response to the proposed rules regarding the Medicare program and Physician Fee Schedule. Overall, the Panel supports efforts to improve the Physician Fee Schedule, the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and other issues highlighted in this proposed rule. Medicare represents a higher proportion of patients for most rural health care organizations and clinicians than in urban areas, so Medicare policies may have a disproportionate impact on rural providers, hospitals, and beneficiaries.

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