Navigant’s Jeff Goldsmith via Modern Healthcare
While the country remained fixated on the fate of Obamacare, HHS, headed by arch-conservative orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tom Price, has been quietly looking for ways to help independent practicing physicians. Recently, the department exempted most practicing physicians from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System reporting requirements of MACRA for 2018. It also markedly reduced the amount of hospitals' 340B subsidies for drug purchases, which had quietly fueled a boom in hospital purchases of medical oncology practices. Finally, the CMS recently ended two mandatory hospital-centric bundling programs that, among other things, conveyed control over physician incomes to hospitals.
It is possible that this is just the beginning of a campaign to re-advantage independent practitioners at the expense of hospitals, writes Navigant’s Jeff Goldsmith in Modern Healthcare.