SVS Seeks Reconsideration of CMS’s Proposed Rule Changes Related to MACRA


July 13, 2016—The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) announced that the society has sent a letter to the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urging changes in the way CMS proposes to pay physicians and specialists. 

According to SVS, the current proposed rule impacts small practices negatively, is too complex, and lacks opportunity for specialists to participate in alternative payment models. The approximately 1,000-page rule replaces the former Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which Congress eliminated in 2015, and is part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which changes physician payments.

The complete letter from SVS President Ronald Fairman, MD, et al to CMS Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt, along with a summary of its key points, is available on the SVS website here.

SVS noted that the society is among many physician organizations and stakeholders urging the federal government to delay a proposed rule that will affect Medicare reimbursements. Recently, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and the American College of Cardiology announced the submission of comments to CMS on the proposed regulations to implement MACRA. On June 28, the Society of Interventional Radiology announced that it had submitted comments to the CMS recommending changes to key provisions of MACRA.


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