Recently President Obama released his proposed budget which included many aspects of Healthcare that will be affected by this plan. Last week the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) released their thoughts through the MGMA Washington Connexion. Here is what they had to say.
April 10,2013, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal which outlines proposals to reduce federal healthcare spending by $401 billion over 10 years.
While the administration has consistently supported SGR repeal, this year’s proposal goes further by calling for a period of payment stability to allow time to develop and pilot test new payment models. We do have concerns with some of the proposals included to derive savings, such as:
- Reducing reimbursement for Part B drugs administered in the physician office setting
- Excluding radiation therapy, therapy services, and advanced imaging from the Stark law’s in-office ancillary services exception (unless accountability standards are met)
- Cutting graduate medical education payments
The president’s budget proposal serves as a blueprint for larger budget discussions, has limited details and is non-binding. Congress is ultimately responsible for passing final budget legislation. We expect a lengthy budget debate this year and will continue to advocate on behalf of our members throughout the process.
original posting: 4/10/2013 MGMA Washington Connexion.