American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

AACE Priorities Pass Congress as Part of Government Funding Package

The Continuing Resolution signed into at the beginning of February keeps the government open until March 23rd and includes a bipartisan agreement on a two-year budget deal, also contains the following four AACE legislative priorities:

  • Reauthorizes the Special Diabetes Programs for two years
  • Makes technical fixes to MACRA to help physicians transition to the new Quality Payment Program
  • Includes all of the provisions of H.R. 3271, Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act
  • Repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)

Additionally, the Budget Act calls for the General Accountability Office (GAO) to study the impact of obesity drugs on patient health outcomes and health care spending. This report may be helpful in advancing the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act.

Unfortunately, the package does include a reduction in the .5 percent physician payment update in 2019 provided under MACRA to a .25 percent update to offset some of the cost of the package. 

However, due to advocacy by AACE and others in the physician community, another provision addressing misvalued codes under the Medicare physician fee schedule that would have resulted in larger physician payment cuts in 2019 was removed from the final package.

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