APG's Weekly Report from Our Nation's Capital
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Welcome to America's Physician Groups'  "Healthcare and the Hill," where you can get the latest on healthcare happenings in our nation's capital--and with a special focus on the value-based care movement.  Some quick highlights from this week:

  • MA Advance Notice Is Coming!

  • MSSP Final Rule Resources and Letter to Verma

  • Congressional Corner:  APG on the Hill; Letter to Azar; Ways & Means asks for more transparency at CMMI

You can always visit our website for more news and resources.  And don't forget to register for our Annual Conference 2019 Quality and Efficiency:  How to Succeed in Risk-Based Models, April 11-13 in San Diego!

Valinda Rutledge
Vice President of Federal Affairs
America's Physician Groups


MA Part I Advance Notice
Late last month, CMS released the 2020 MA Part I Advance Notice, which details proposed changes to the Part C CMS-HCC risk score model for payment year 2020.  

I encourage you to join a webinar we will be holding with Jennifer Carioto, an actuary from Milliman, on Monday, January 28 at 1:00 PM ET.  Jennifer will go beyond the usual reading of the rule and get into what really matters--how these proposed changes can impact your organization.  Please click
here to register for the webinar.  

MSSP Final Rule Resources

We were pleased to see that many of the recommendations we made in our comment letter around the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) proposed rule were incorporated into the final rule.  We hosted a deep dive webinar on the MSSP final rule on January 10.  If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can download the slide presentation and recording here.

In addition, after hearing from our members, we sent a
letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma asking her to extend the the submission period for applications for the July 1 cohort.

Congressional Corner
Although we're barely into the new year, APG has been extremely active on the Hill, holding several meetings with key legislators and their staff to promote our members'
priorities for 2019 and beyond.  Among this week's meetings, Don Crane, APG President and CEO, met with Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN),one of the physician members of Congress, to talk in detail about APG's Third Option model, and Wendell Primus, Chief Health Policy Advisor for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to discuss our vision for MA.

We also sent a
letter this week to HHS Secretary Alex Azar in which we focused on our organizational priorities.

Earlier this week, the House Committee on Ways and Means sent a bipartisan 
letter to CMS Administrator Verma, seeking increased transparency at CMMI and a greater opportunity for public input as new delivery system models are developed.  

We always want to hear from you on how we can get you the best, most useful information in a way that's convenient to you!  Please don't hesitate to contact David Allen, APG Director of Communications, with any suggestions, thoughts, likes, or dislikes.