AMCNO President-Elect Dr. Bruce Cameron Participates in CMS Provider/Physician Roundtable at UH

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a new initiative, “Patients over Paperwork,” to reduce the regulatory burdens impacting patient care and the practice of medicine. This initiative formalizes CMS’ ongoing review of the unnecessary and burdensome challenges to patient care and physician practices.

The AMCNO was recently invited to a small roundtable discussion at the University Hospitals (UH) Cleveland Medical Center concerning provider administrative burden with the CMS Administrator Seema Verma. AMCNO President-Elect Dr. Bruce Cameron attended the event on our behalf.

Dr. Cameron is on staff at UH, and he is a clinical professor of medicine/gastroenterology at the CWRU School of Medicine. Dr. Cameron is a Past President of the Northeast Ohio Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and Past President of the Allen Medical Library. He has also held several positions with the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), such as Governor, ACG Regional Counselor, Board of Trustees member, and Practice Management Committee Chairman. He currently serves as a member of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, and he is a current member of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates and AMA RUC Advisory Committee.

During the roundtable Dr. Cameron focused on the impact of MACRA on physician practices and the development of episode-based cost performance measures, and the importance of allowing CMS to have the authority to properly negotiate pharmaceutical costs. He cited examples from his own practice experiences to emphasize why changes need to be made.  Other attendees at the roundtable cited specific issues related to CMS regulations, including the need for enhanced reimbursement levels for telehealth and the precertification difficulties experienced by hospitals.  

The AMCNO was pleased to be invited to attend this important meeting, and we will continue to monitor CMS activities and report new information to our members.

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