Washington E-Newsletter

Neurosurgery Responds to RFI on Solutions to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Federal Health Care Spending

On Oct. 15, the AANS and the CNS joined the Alliance of Specialty Medicine (Alliance) and Regulatory Relief Coalition (RRC) in responding to a House Budget Committee Health Care Task Force Request for Information seeking input on solutions to improve outcomes and reduce federal health care spending. The groups recommended that Congress:

  • Provide an annual inflationary update for Medicare physician payment tied to the Medicare Economic Index;
  • Adopt prior authorization reforms in the Medicare Advantage program and address overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans;
  • Require physicians practicing in the same specialty or sub-specialty review Medicare denials;
  • Ensure that the Quality Payment Program offers physicians more clinically relevant participation pathways and streamlines the program to reduce reporting burdens;
  • Recognize that specialists provide procedures and services that save lives and reduce health care costs; and
  • Modernize the way the Congressional Budget Office estimates the cost of legislation.

Click here to read the Alliance letter and here for the RRC letter.