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Sample Letter Asking CMS to Withdraw Proposed New Medicare Part B Payment Model

On March 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that would implement a new “Medicare Part B Payment Model” that could adversely impact patients. On behalf of the members of the National Headache Foundation, we would greatly appreciate your consideration to review the new payment model and to let Congressional leadership know the concerns of those physicians involved in headache medicine.

 

We are especially concerned that this precedent will be applied to implementation of the value-based pricing models, which are far more complex and for which the proposal provides only brief, vague descriptions. Such rapid, nationwide implementation of this program is tantamount to experimenting on Medicare beneficiaries. The program must be rescinded until more evidence is collected on appropriate strategies to improve care for these patients—rather than chase near-term cost cuts at their expense.

We hope that you consider sending a letter to Congressional leaders. We have taken the liberty of including a sample letter on our website.

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