The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has recommended
that for some episodes of care, reimbursement for hospitals,
physicians, and other providers should be bundled together into a
single payment made to hospitals.
In a letter to MedPAC,
IDSA expressed its concerns that a bundled payment model in which
hospitals control the purse strings would provide an unfair advantage
to hospitalists working on the hospital’s payroll at the expense of
private practitioners, including infectious diseases specialists. IDSA
said the policy could split infectious diseases practice into
hospitalists providing inpatient care and private practitioners
providing outpatient care, disrupting continuity rather than improving
MedPAC’s recommendations will be included in its June report to Congress.
Other recent advocacy efforts include:
IDSA submitted testimony to
the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human
Services, and Education opposing disastrous cuts in the president’s
fiscal year 2009 budget.
IDSA joined other physician groups in supporting the Save Medicare Act of 2008.
A coalition of physician specialty and state medical societies urged
senators to co-sponsor legislation that would reverse planned cuts in
physician payments which threaten access to care for Medicare
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