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    SCAI Cautions CMS on Negative Consequences of 2013 MPFS Final Rule

    January 03, 2013

    In its final advocacy efforts of 2012, SCAI submitted harsh comments to CMS regarding the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, cautioning CMS about the potential unintended consequences resulting from the continued erosion of values for interventional cardiology procedures. 

    In these comments the Society points out, “This unpredictability in reimbursement levels is leading to the inability of our members’ practices to make effective decisions involving staffing, equipment purchasing/upgrading and investments in training. We are seeing a mass exodus of interventional cardiologist being forced out of private practice; shifting from independent private practices structures to hospital employment. There is much concern and angst about the unintended consequences this shifting is having and may have in the future in regards to quality and access to the life-saving procedures that interventional cardiologists provide to their patients.” 

    SCAI also shared preliminary results from its recent all-member survey examining the potential impact that the reduction in PCI values may have, showing that 72 percent of members assert ongoing cuts to Medicare are likely or very likely to lead to rationing of care.

    Read the Comments Submitted to CMS