Advocacy Archive

 

ASBMT is working on your behalf in Washington, DC to addres the policy issues that are important to you.  Below is an archive of news articles and columns covering ASBMT's recent advocacy activity.  


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Information about the ICD-10-PCS code for CAR T that will go into effect on October 1, 2017

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Latest Press Releases & Announcements 

 

ASBMT Goes to Washington! - September 2017 

ASBMT Opposes the Graham-Cassidy Proposal - September 20, 2017 

ASBMT Urges Senate to Revise ACHA - Ensure Access to Care - May 2017 

ASBMT Statements on American Health Care Act and Proposed NIH Budget Cuts  - released March 17 and 23, 2017 

ASBMT Official Statement Opposing Executive Order on Immigration - released Jan. 30, 2017 

 


Policy Perspectives
A monthly column by Stephanie Farnia, ASBMT Director of Health Policy and Strategic Relations


October 2017
September was an enormously busy month for ASBMT policy activities. Comment letters were submitted to CMS, we hosted our first Hill Day, spoke with our industry partners at the Corporate Council event and continued to work our way through the wacky world of reimbursement coding. READ MORE.  

September 2017
It has been a much busier summer in the health policy world than usual – multiple comment periods for CMS proposed annual policy rules, uncertainty around the Affordable Care Act repeal efforts and a couple of ‘out of left field’ issues I’m blaming on eclipse-driven zaniness. In large part, summer in the policy area is always reactionary – anticipating proposed rules and responding as needed when they are released – but this year felt particularly so... There are numerous updates to share this month; I will divide them up between HCT and CAR T for easy future reference. READ MORE.  


August 2017
I am turning the column over this month to a guest co-author – Dr. James Gajewski – who is a long-time ASBMT volunteer in relation to reimbursement issues and currently serving as the Practice Policy Consultant to the Society. The focus of this month’s column is on a series of relatively new codes for use in billing time spent in clinic with patients. READ MORE

July 2017
I’ll start this month’s column with a resounding THANK YOU to all of you that took the time to really understand the issues with the CMS FY18 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule. More than 44 transplant centers (TC) commented with a total of 138 TC comments. The highest volume TCs were Dana Farber, University of Kentucky and University of North Carolina. Also, on June 20, CMS released the proposed rule for the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This column covers what you need to know about the "CMS Quality Payment Program – Year 2 Proposed Rule."  READ MORE.  

June 2017  
May was an extremely busy month here in the health care policy camp and, as such, I am going to try to fit several updates within the June column: IPPS Comment Period Ending Soon; Payers Misinterpreting CMS Commentary of HCT Site of Care; HRSA Revises Process for SCTOD Contract; and CMS Issues Initial Guidance for HCT Specialty Designation. Some of these issues will receive a more substantial write-up in future months – in the meantime, please contact me if you need more information on any particular item. READ MORE

May 2017
April kicks off the beginning of the Medicare (CMS) rule-making season. As a Federal Agency charged with the role of implementing health care legislation, CMS enters a lengthy process each year of creating the new Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Final Rule – a set of very detailed instructions, payment procedures and calculations for the upcoming Fiscal (FY) or Calendar Year (CY).  ...Each year, the ASBMT and NMDP partner to attempt to get health professionals and transplant programs to comment on the proposed rule. This is not a fruitless endeavor – the positive changes you have seen in your reimbursement, including the splits to the Autologous and Allogeneic DRGs and the dramatic increase in the outpatient payment rate for 2017, are due to the efforts of yourselves and your colleagues in sending comments to CMS. Due to the potential impact of the proposed changes for FY18, we will need all of you to comment on the issues of concern this year. READ MORE.  

April 2017 

"The (Withdrawn) American Health Care Act" -- There is a unique challenge associated with writing a monthly column on policy issues, as these issues move so quickly in seasons of active debate that hours of writing time evaporate in an instant. My original due date for this piece was the night before the expected vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was withdrawn from the floor on Friday, March 24. As I was planning to completely erase this column and move on to something else, it occurred to me that while the AHCA as it was drafted no longer seems an imminent threat, it is still useful to understand the impact it would have had on our field. READ MORE.
 

March 2017 

In 2016, the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)/Be The Match and ASBMT partnered on a targeted campaign around the issue of Medicare reimbursement. There were multiple letters placed in various parts of the country, three of which were authored by Krishna Komanduri, M.D. (Miami Herald), Fred LeMaistre, M.D. (MedPage Today), and Navneet Majhail, M.D. (Cleveland Sun). Each of these articles was tracked for “impressions” – the number of individuals that interact with it in some manner, whether that be posting to Facebook or Twitter or simply sending a copy of the article via email to another individual. READ MORE
 

February 2017 
New Codes for Billing Work Outside of Patient Visits:  Evaluation & Management (E/M) coding refers to billable services from provider-patient encounters that are submitted to a patient’s insurer or payer. E/M services have been historically limited to the time during which the physician was physically in the room with the patient, discussing and taking action on any relevant concerns. Any additional care management that took place before and/or after the visit was not considered billable.  READ MORE.

January 2017
Alphabet Soup: MACRA, MIPS and QPP. I know what you’re thinking: “Do I care about any of these programs?” Yes, you do. You care about them in the same way that you care about broccoli and spinach – not very appealing, but supposedly good for you. The bottom line is that by 2022, 9% of your billed Medicare revenue will be at risk, based on your participation and score in the program.  READ MORE.