Comments on Proposed Legislation

ABMS routinely comments on proposed federal legislation as it relates to Board Certification and the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®). The following are copies of comment letters that have been submitted.

2016 Activity

Comment Letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services re: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and Alternative Payment Model Incentive under the Physician Fee Schedule, and Criteria for Physician-Focused Payment Models, June 27, 2016

Comment Letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services re: the CMS Measure Development Plan for the implementation of the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act of 2015, March 1, 2016.

2015 Activity

Comment Letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services re: the Request for Information Regarding Implementation of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, Promotion of Alternative Payment Models, and Incentive Payments for Participation in Eligible Alternative Payment Models, November 17, 2015

Comment Letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physical Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part V for CY 2016; CMS-1631-P, September 8, 2015

Letter to the Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Request for Information on Graduate Medical Education, January 16, 2015

2014 Activity

Comment Letter to CMS on the Proposed Rule: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2015, September 2, 2014

Comment Letter to CMS on the Final Rule: Medicare Program Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2014, January 27, 2014

2013 Activity

Letter to the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees regarding the importance of continued federal support for high quality graduate medical education (GME), December 2, 2013

Letter to the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees on the discussion draft "SGR Repeal and Medicare Physician Payment Reform", November 12, 2013

Comment Letter to CMS on Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2014, September 6, 2013

Letter to Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and Rep. Henry A. Waxman (CA) on the development of the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013, August 15, 2013

Letter to Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and Rep. Henry A. Waxman (CA) on the repeal of the physician sustainable growth rate (SGR), July 19, 2013

Letter to Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA) on a proposed bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow group practices to participate in Medicare shared savings program, June 28, 2013

Letter to Rep. Fred Upton (MI) and Rep. Henry A. Waxman (CA) on the repeal of the physician sustainable growth rate (SGR), June 12, 2013

Letter to Sen. Max Bacus (MT) and Sen. Orin Hatch (UT) on the reform and repeal of the physician sustainable growth rate (SGR), May 31, 2013

Letter to Rep. Danny Davis (IL) on the Eligibility of foreign-trained physicians to become certified by an ABMS Member Board, April 19, 2013

Letter to several members of the House of Representatives on the second draft of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) repeal and reform proposal, April 15, 2013

Comment Letter to CMS on the Request for Information on the Use of Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) Reported Under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, and Other Reporting Programs, April 8, 2013

Comment Letter to CMS on the Request for Information on the Use of Clinical Quality Measures to Satisfy Federal Quality Reporting Requirements, April 8, 2013

Letter to Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA) on Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act, February 1, 2013

2012 Activity

Comment Letter to CMS on the PQRS Final Rule, December 20, 2012

Comment Letter to CMS on the Proposed Rule Regarding Standards Related to Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, December 19, 2012

Letter to Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA) and Rep. Pete Stark (CA) on a Request for Information from the U.S. Congressional Dyslexia Caucus, October 25, 2012

External Resources

Thomas.gov
The Library of Congress publishes bill summary and their status along with information about sponsors and amendments through this site. Use Thomas.gov to search for bills introduced in Congress.

Regulations.gov
Use this link to search and review regulations. Regulations.gov also allows you to submit your comments on proposed regulations and related documents published by the U.S. Federal government.