PTAC Releases First Batch of Preliminary Review Reports: Declines to Recommend Any Proposals

The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) released preliminary review team reports on the following proposals: ACS-Brandeis Advanced APM, COPD and Asthma Monitoring Project, Project Sonar, and the Comprehensive Colonoscopy Advanced Alternative Payment Model for Colorectal Cancer Screening, Diagnosis and Surveillance. While none of the proposals were recommended, the preliminary report is not the final stage of the recommendations process. These proposals will be discussed and open for public comment at a PTAC public meeting scheduled April 10-11, 2017 followed by a vote by PTAC.


PTAC Preliminary Reports

PTAC assigns a preliminary review committee to each proposal. This team of reviewers assesses each proposal based on the ten criteria included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The chart below summarizes findings from the recently released preliminary review team reports.

PTAC Meeting Agenda

April 10-11, 2017

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Established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), PTAC is tasked with providing comments and recommendations to CMS on physician payment models. The Committee includes 11 members who are nationally recognized for their expertise in physician-focused payment models and related delivery of care. More information on PTAC is available on their website.


PTAC meeting registration is available here.


Proposals, public comments, preliminary review team reports, PTAC questions to submitters and submitter comments and additional analyses are available here.


McDermottPlus PTAC Proposal Tracker is available here.


McDermottPlus presentation on the PTAC proposal process is available here.


For more information visit the McDermottPlus MACRA Resource Center or contact Sheila Madhani at 202-204-1459,