College member selected for new CMS committee

The Advocacy Council of ACAAI continues to provide College members with pathways through the myriad of complex sections of the MACRA legislation. We have provided an analysis of the law and outline how it will impact your practice. We are also developing an asthma-based Alternative Payment Model (APM), which will encourage better quality of care for patients at lower costs. And we’re doing even more.

We’re also pleased to report that our nominee, James Tracy, DO, was appointed to serve on a brand new committee that CMS has formed that will develop episode-based, resource-use measures suitable for use in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The group is charged with defining the episode triggers and episode windows for care episodes and patient condition groups. It will also provide input on episode grouping algorithms and measure development approaches.

Dr. Tracy, a College Fellow since 1994, serves as vice chair of the Advocacy Council’s Alternative Payment Models Subcommittee and has a unique understanding of the economics of a modern day medical practice. He previously worked at the FDA’s Bureau of Biologics and is an assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at Creighton University and an adjunct associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Nebraska. He’s the managing partner at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates in Omaha.

Advocacy Issue: 
Billing, Coding & Payments