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CMS seeks physician input on transforming clinical practices


Physician comments will be used in designing a model for the transformation of a clinical practice, CMS says.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants feedback from physicians on the best way to transform clinical practices.

According to CMS’ request for information, the agency is seeking physician input to help “accomplish our aims of better care and better health at lower costs.”

Physicians have until April 8, 2014, to submit comments, which must be done online and in a format prescribed by CMS.

According to AMA Wire, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said the input will help CMS support physicians as they make the transition to value-based care.

“We want your feedback on what is doable,” she said, according to AMA Wire.

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Physicians are asked to supply information by entering demographic information such as practice size and specialty, and by answering questions posed by CMS concerning practice transformation strategies, including challenges and lessons learned.

CMS says the feedback will be used to develop proposals and test new payment and delivery methods for value-based payment in the future. Responding with objective, evidence-based information is most important, according to CMS.

CMS is particularly interested in “lessons learned from improvement programs in the areas of transformed clinical practices, health services delivery, public policy and/or the administration of complex policy programs” and more.

Physicians can submit their feedback at the Healthcare Communities website.

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