CMS Taps Physician Expertise to Relieve Administrative Burden


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?


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “CMS Taps Physician Expertise to Relieve Administrative Burden

  1. Perry
    October 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Foxes guarding the henhouse?

  2. RSW
    October 17, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    “reduce medical review without sacrificing integrity”

    Anyone have any idea what that means?

  3. LJSlossMD
    October 17, 2016 at 10:31 am

    For reference and to renew your depth and breadth of Understanding, may I commend to you perusal of the Third Book of Gulliver’s Travels, to the Flying Island of Laputa, from whence these learned sages have taken their origin and gone forth to edify our benighted land.

  4. HJR
    October 17, 2016 at 10:22 am

    “Peter Principal” and “Putts Law” in action.

    • HJR
      October 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

      … Sorry. Should be “Principle”. Darn SwiftKey.

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