Payment modifier poses serious challenges to specialists, group says

11/12/2012 | Modern Physician (free registration)

The Alliance of Specialty Medicine, a group of specialty societies including SCAI, has raised concerns over changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. In particular, the alliance is concerned by a value-based payment modifier that establishes different performance-based payment levels. "Many specialty practices are already juggling with current conflicting and overlapping quality reporting mandates," said Dr. Alex Valadka, a neurosurgeon and spokesman for the alliance. "VBPM is still in danger of being rushed onto physicians who may not have the resources or experience needed to comply."

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