AMGA Public Policy Update

AMGA’s Public Policy Update is a series of short videos covering the latest updates from Washington, D.C. In these videos, our public policy experts break down regulatory and congressional developments and explain what they mean for medical groups and health systems. Be sure to bookmark this page, as we will be releasing new episodes throughout the year and posting them here. These videos can also be found on AMGA’s YouTube channel.

The No Surprises Act: What is it and What Concerns Us

December 20, 2021

Public Policy Update Ep. 5 – The No Surprises Act (NSA), set to take effect in 2022, creates a federal protection against surprise medical billing. In this episode of AMGA’s Public Policy Update, we explain what the NSA does, our primary concern with the rule, and what the federal government can do to improve upon it.

The 10% Medicare Cuts Have Been Stopped!

December 20, 2021

Public Policy Update Ep. 4 – Up until recently the healthcare industry was facing the possibility of a 9.75% cut to the Medicare program, which would have been devastating to all providers, AMGA members notwithstanding. However, on December 10, Congress passed legislation to drastically reduce the cuts. In this episode of AMGA’s Public Policy Update, we explain what AMGA and its members did to prevent the cuts from going into effect.

Sanford Health Clinic President Dr. Luis Garcia

October 12, 2021

Public Policy Update (Special Edition) – In this video, Luis Garcia, M.D., President of Sanford Health Clinic indicates that significant Medicare payment cuts will impede medical groups' ability to enhance access to care, care quality, and innovation.

Quincy Medical Group CEO Carol Brockmiller

October 12, 2021

Public Policy Update (Special Edition) – Quincy Medical Group CEO Carol Brockmiller explains the impact 10% cuts to Medicare reimbursement would have on medical groups like hers, should the proposed cut go into effect in 2022.

Crystal Run Healthcare CQO and Medical Director Dr. Scott Hines

October 12, 2021

Public Policy Update (Special Edition) – Scott Hines, M.D., Chief Quality Officer at Crystal Run Healthcare, expresses that significant Medicare payment cuts are no way to repay the healthcare system that has worked tirelessly during the pandemic.

Future of Reimbursement for Audio Only Telehealth

September 14, 2021

Public Policy Update Ep. 3 – In this episode, we discuss the current and potential future of Medicare reimbursement for audio-only telehealth.

MIPS Value Pathways

September 14, 2021

Public Policy Update Ep. 2 – In this episode, we discuss proposed changes to quality reporting within the MIPS track of Medicare's Quality Payment Program. AMGA's comment letter, as referenced in the video, can be found here.

Proposed Cuts to the Medicare Program

September 14, 2021

Public Policy Update Ep. 1 – In this episode, we discuss proposed cuts to the Medicare program identified in the 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Among those cuts is a 3.75% reduction to the Medicare Conversion Factor set to go into effect on January 1, 2022.

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