AAOS Now, May 2014
CMS Releases Payment Data on Physicians
The federal push for transparency regarding payments to physicians took another step forward when, on April 9, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released data on Medicare payments for services provided in 2012 by approximately 880,000 physicians. These data include the number and type of services provided by each physician, average allowed payment, and the average Medicare payment paid to physicians.
Divided Congress Fails to Repeal SGR
Earlier this year, Congress came closer than it ever had before to permanently repealing and replacing the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. Bipartisan legislation had been proposed with substantial support, but differences between Republicans and Democrats on how to pay for the fix resulted in a last-minute maneuver to avoid a 24 percent reduction in physician payment fees under Medicare—through yet another short-term patch.