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Doctors May Do a “Brexit” from Medicare
American physicians have already been declaring independence from Medicare, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), but the imposition of new payment methods may lead to a rush to imitate the British in exiting the regime of a remote, unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy.
MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) replaced the threatened but never implemented annual fee cuts of the Sustained Growth Rate formula with a complex system of bonuses and penalties. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) predicted that 87% of solo practice physicians would be penalized.
According to a Medscape Medical News survey, almost four in 10 physicians in solo and small group practices predict an exodus from Medicare within their ranks because of the program’s new payment plan.
The 962-page Final Rule received more than 3,937 comments. AAPS noted that:
AAPS executive director Jane M. Orient, M.D., commented: “It is impossible to practice medicine under this rule, for ethical and practical reasons. The rule makes it impossible to protect confidentiality, and one is in a constant conflict of interest: What is best for the patient may be bad for the financial viability of the practice. It would take a dedicated team of legal specialists to even attempt compliance. Full compliance is probably impossible even with such a team, which is beyond the means of a small practice.”
She concluded: “Physicians need to withdraw from Medicare or any other program that subjects them to this rule.” AAPS offers detailed instructions on how to opt out of Medicare, and regular workshops on building a successful practice to serve patients without third-party shackles.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, founded in 1943.
Join the Medicarexit at https://aapsonline.org/doctors-may-do-a-brexit-from-medicare/
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