Payment & Practice Management  |   December 2015
2016: Changes, Challenges … and Opportunity
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Payment & Practice Management   |   December 2015
2016: Changes, Challenges … and Opportunity
ASA Monitor 12 2015, Vol.79, 48-49.
ASA Monitor 12 2015, Vol.79, 48-49.
I am writing this article in late September, so it seems appropriate to start with a Yogi Berra quote. Yogi said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” And that will certainly be true for physician payment and practice in 2016. This month’s column will describe some of the changes, challenges and opportunities we will see in the upcoming year.
Three organizations that have a real impact on payment and practice management are under new leadership.
a. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC): On its website, MedPAC describes itself as “a nonpartisan legislative branch agency that provides the U.S. Congress with analysis and policy advice on the Medicare program.” After serving as the chair of MedPAC since 2001, Mr. Glenn Hackbarth stepped down from that post in April 2015. The commission begins a new era with Francis “Jay” Crosson, M.D. at the helm.
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