November 26, 2019
Proposal on Remote Specialists Open for Comment – Comments Due December 13
The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) opened the comment period for an updated proposal: Remote specialists and experts on-demand improving care and saving costs. The comment period for this proposal closes on December 13, 2019. Comments should be addressed to the Designated Federal Officer for PTAC and sent by email to PTAC@hhs.gov. The full proposal outlining the specifics of the model can be found here.
This proposal is a revised version of a proposal submitted earlier this year of the same name. In response to the rising cost of health care, this model aims to reduce costs by utilizing and expanding the use of technology in care delivery.
Updated Submission Process
PTAC recently updated its proposal submission instructions, which are available here.
PTAC Member Update
Two PTAC members resigned last week. Harold Miller and Len M. Nichols resigned, effective immediately. Both members were appointed in 2015 and reappointed for a second term in 2017. In their letters, both men expressed gratitude for having been a part of PTAC for four years. However, each expressed their concern as no PTAC recommendation had been selected for implementation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which was the original intent for the creation of the committee.
Established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, PTAC is tasked with providing comments and recommendations to CMS on physician payment models. The committee is nationally recognized for their expertise in physician-focused payment models and related delivery of care.