Here is something absurd:
- Senior CMS physicians will begin with an 18-month pilot project to reduce medical review without sacrificing integrity for physicians participating in some Advanced Alternative Payment Models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.
- The initiative will be led by Shantanu Agrawal, MD, the deputy administrator and director of CMS’ Center for Program Integrity. Leaders at CMS’ 10 regional offices will lead the initiative on a local level — gathering input from physician practices at local meetings in the next six months and regularly after.
- “CMS is turning a new page in assessing not only how to reward for quality, but also to reduce administrative hurdles,” Dr. Agrawal said in a statement. “I look forward to hearing about what steps we can take to make the practice of medicine in Medicare more efficient and rewarding.”
Tell me if I am reading this wrong but aren’t they just asking the same people who created this mess to now analyze and fix it? Is that not asinine? Oh, and how much money is being used for this?