MAG among groups concerned about Medicare EO

The Medical Association of Georgia is one of the physicians’ advocacy organizations that signed a letter that was sent to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to express concern over the scope of practice provisions that are included in an October 3, 2019 executive order that is entitled, “Protecting and Improving Medicare for our Nation’s Seniors.”

The letter states that, “[The signees] are highly concerned this language requires [HHS] to propose a regulation to eliminate or weaken current Medicare supervision requirements of non-physician professionals, a critical safeguard to ensure the health and safety of Medicare patients and the cornerstone of the widely adopted team-based approach to health care.”

The letter emphasizes that, “Scope of practice of health care professionals should be based on standardized, adequate training and demonstrated competence in patient care, not politics. While all health care professionals share an important role in providing care to patients, their skillset is not interchangeable with that of a fully-trained physician.”

The letter concludes that, “[The signees are concerned] with language in section 5 that would require [HHS] to propose a regulation that would affect the reimbursement of physicians and non-physicians established under the Social Security Act. We consider such a proposal to require a change to the underlying statute and urge the Administration to refrain from pursuing this proposal.”

HHS Letter