December 17, 2019
The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) submitted a new report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommending the further development and implementation of the “ACCESS Telemedicine: An Alternative Healthcare Delivery Model for Rural Cerebral Emergencies.” The model aims to expand access to neurological and neurosurgical expertise in rural hospitals through telemedicine. The final report to the Secretary can be found here.
In their report, PTAC noted that this payment model, while needing additional evaluation, could effectively incorporate changing technologies into the delivery of healthcare in rural areas.
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 established PTAC to provide comments and recommendations to the HHS Secretary on physician payment models. The statute requires the Secretary to review PTAC’s comments and recommendations on proposals and to post a detailed response to those comments and recommendations on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website. There is no required timeline for the Secretary’s response to PTAC’s comments and recommendations.