CMS Highlights Success of MACRA Year 1: High on Praise, but Short on Details

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, Legislative and Public Policy Council On Thursday, May 31, CMS Administrator Seema Verma wrote on the CMS blog that she was “pleased to announce that 91 percent of all clinicians eligible for the Merit-based ...

ACA Repeal Watch: CBO Releases Projections on the American Health Care Act

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs On Monday, March 13, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its “score” or cost and other projections for the recently released American Health Care Act (AHCA).  This ...

ACA Repeal Watch: Republicans Trying to Find Consensus

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs Last week, a draft of an old Affordable Care Act repeal bill was leaked.  This set in motion a bit of a scramble among House and Senate Republicans on the details of the repeal and replace ...

ACA Repeal Watch: House Republicans Release “Repeal and Replace” Blueprint

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs This week, U.S. House Republicans released a “policy brief” in advance of the Presidents’ Day congressional recess, outlining a replacement plan for the Patient Protection and Affordable ...

ACA Repeal Watch: Week of Congressional Hearings

Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACGChair, ACG National Affairs On Wednesday, February 1st, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on the impending fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ...

Rep. Tom Price, MD and Seema Verma to lead HHS and CMS

This week, President-elect Donald Trump selected Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-GA) to serve as the Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). President-elect Trump has also chosen Seema Verma, a Medicaid health policy consultant, ...