In a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) Chairman Tony Coelho expressed his concerns about the latest proposal to the Medicare Shared Savings Program to remove the requirement to submit supporting documentation related to patient-centeredness in their applications. "We are concerned that CMS would propose to remove these requirements and accept attestation in their place," said Chairman Coelho. "Although we understand that CMS is attempting to lessen the burden on ACO applicants, we believe that it is imperative that ACOs be held to the highest possible standard for patient-centeredness."
In a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) Chairman Tony Coelho urges a focus on the patient voice when it comes to improving the Quality Payment Program. "Under the proposed rule, it is also important to recognize the reliance on providers to deliver patient-centered care, and to practice in a manner consistent with the measures of success adopted by the program," wrote Chairman Coelho. "Being truly patient-centered will require working closely with providers to ensure that the Quality Payment Program’s complexity does not detract from individualized patient care."