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    Member Call to Action – Submission of Comments to CMS

    September 07, 2017

    SCAI submitted comments on Sept. 6 to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule. In the rule, CMS proposed “blending” the non-surgical and surgical malpractice factors used on rate setting for cardiology. This proposal would negatively impact SCAI members with a reduction in values for all Interventional Cardiology procedure codes (approximately 10 percent reduction across the board). 

    SCAI’s Advocacy Committee Chairs, Drs. Osvaldo Gigliotti and Dmitriy Feldman took quick action to engage the CMS on this issue, with the CMS granting SCAI a call on July 24, 2017. During the call, CMS staff noted that appropriate crosswalks the recommendation for malpractice factors has been well-received by CMS in the past, resulting in CMS revising their position.

    SCAI has also reached out to garner the support of the AMA and ACC on this issue, and all entities are in agreement with recommending a crosswalk to cardiac surgery’s surgical malpractice factor in establishing a surgical malpractice factor for cardiology/ interventional cardiology.

    SCAI is asking members to take a moment to submit personal comments to CMS on the 2018 MPFS proposed rule in support of SCAI’s comments; attesting to the higher, differential in malpractice premiums interventional cardiologists pay as compared to their non-invasive cardiovascular colleagues. For the link to submit comments and a sample comment statement click here.   

    If you have any questions or concerns with any of the issues addressed in SCAI’s comment letter, please feel free to contact Dawn R. Gray at DGRay@scai.org.