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February 2011
Policy and Advocacy
IDSA Weighs in on Health Care Reform Provisions

As the federal government takes steps to implement the health care reform law, IDSA and its members continue to weigh in on specific provisions and how they will affect ID clinicians.

In February, the Society responded to several questions raised by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about plans in the law to develop a system to pay physicians differentially based on the quality and cost of their care. In a letter, IDSA addressed questions posed by CMS at a September 2010 listening session about resource use reporting and value-based payments for physician services. Lawrence Martinelli, MD, FIDSA, and Steven Schmitt, MD, FIDSA, joined IDSA staff in meeting with CMS officials to discuss ID physicians’ perspectives on these provisions of the health reform law.

Drs. Martinelli and Schmitt also met with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) officials to discuss innovative payment models that incentivize ID physicians’ infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship activities. Earlier in February, Daniel McQuillen, MD, FIDSA, chair of IDSA's Clinical Affairs Committee, Ronald Nahass, MD, FIDSA, and IDSA staff made the same argument during a meeting with Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) officials. 

Drs. McQuillen and Nahass also met with congressional staff to underscore the negative impact that Medicare's decision to eliminate payment for the consultation codes has had on cognitive specialties, such as infectious diseases (see related IDSA News article).

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