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Specialist physicians cry foul on payment modifier
Modern Physician

The provisions of the quality-reporting programs laid out in the CMS‘ 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule “pose unique and significant challenges to specialty physicians, diverting time and resources away from direct patient care,” according to the Alliance of Specialty Medicine, a coalition of 13 physician specialty societies. The Alliance’s concerns involve the implementation of a value-based payment modifier—a mechanism that will create different levels of payment for physicians based on performance.