Legislative Action: Support the Roe regulatory relief letter to HHS.
- May 9, 2017
- FLASCO is concerned about the tremendous burden oncologists face in juggling the requirements of multiple Medicare quality improvement programs, often at the expense of time spent on patient care.
- The historic passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) would ease both the administrative and financial burdens of existing quality improvement programs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided further relief in its initial MACRA implementing regulations.
- Research conducted by the American Medical Association found that administrative tasks consume two hours of physician time for every hour spent in patient care. Many of these administrative burdens are imposed by government regulations that do nothing to improve patient care.
- However, much of the relief provided through MACRA will not come until 2019, and oncologists still face up to ten percent in penalties next year if they do not participate or are unsuccessful at meeting current program requirements.