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Advocacy in Action

Advocating for heart rhythm professionals practicing in a rapidly evolving healthcare environment

Advocacy in Action provides monthly updates on new or recent legislative, regulatory, payment, and coverage policy changes, HRS advocacy efforts, and other crucial information that may impact the practice of EP in the U.S.

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HRS Supports Physician Payment Reform While Debt Ceiling Negotiations Loom Over Potential 2024 Medicare Physician Payment Cuts

Legislative Updates

May 30, 2023 - Congress and the White House continue negotiations to address crossing the national debt limit set by Congress. At the time of this publication, the path to resolution is unclear. However, because significant financial fall out is anticipated if Congress does not address the issue, there continues to be hope that a deal will be reached prior to the federal debt limit being crossed sometime in early June.

CMS Releases Hospital Inpatient Payment Proposed Rule for Fiscal Year 2024

Regulatory Updates

May 30, 2023 - On April 10th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule. While physicians are subjected to payment reductions via the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, hospitals continue to receive positive payment updates because of inflationary adjustments being built into their reimbursement formula.

CMS Announces New Consensus-Based Entity to Replace the National Quality Forum (NQF)

Regulatory Updates

May 30, 2023 - CMS recently announced that it has ended its contract with the National Quality Forum (NQF) to serve as the consensus-based entity (CBE) for performance measurement. The NQF, in this role for almost 15 years, provided endorsement and maintenance of health care performance measures used throughout CMS programs, recommendations during CMS’ pre-rulemaking consideration of measures, and input on integrated national strategies for performance measurement across payers.

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