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Neurosurgery Featured in Article about Value-Based Payment Models

On Aug. 28, MedPage Today published an article titled “CMS Facing Challenges Attracting Practices to Value-Based Payment Models.” The article noted that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to face numerous challenges in attracting more fee-for-service medical practices to Medicare’s accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based purchasing arrangements.

“Since the inception of Medicare value-based care programs more than a decade ago, there is still a paucity of alternative payment models available for specialty physicians, including neurosurgeons,” according to Katie O. Orrico, Esq., AANS/CNS senior vice president for health policy and advocacy. Ms. Orrico continued, “Year after year, our professional associations have urged CMS to collaborate with the physician community to develop specialty APMs, to no avail. Instead, the agency is doubling down on a one-size-fits-all approach to value-based care, focusing on primary care, chronic care management, and large ACOs.”