Regulatory Efforts

Actively advocating on behalf of our physician members.

Physicians and group practices must successfully understand and navigate the complex and continually evolving U.S. healthcare system, which has a myriad of requirements from federal, state and private payers. HCMS strives to ease these burdens and prevent unnecessary government interference in the provision of efficient, high-quality patient care.

HCMS consistently provides comments to proposed rules and regulations. HCMS also meets with payers and state and federal government officials to communicate physicians’ concerns and the problems they encounter.

In addition to regulatory reform, the HCMS departments of Payment Advocacy, Practice Management, and Quality/HIT provide hands on assistance with a multitude of issues. All the assistance and consulting provided by this program is free to our members. Go to the Payment Advocacy page for more information.

Below are some of the recent comments HCMS submitted in regard to proposed rules and regulations:

2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program
Proposed Rule (Published July 27, 2018)
HCMS Comments on Proposed Rule
Letter to CMS on Eval and Mgmt Documentation Burdens

Final Rule (Published November 23, 2018)

2018 Quality Payment Program
Proposed Rule (Published June 30, 2017)
HCMS Comments on Proposed Rule

Final Rule (Published Nov. 16, 2017)

2018 Physician Fee Schedule
Proposed Rule (Published July 21, 2017)
HCMS Comments on Proposed Rule

Final Rule (Published Nov. 15, 2017)

2017 Quality Payment Program
Proposed Rule (Published May 9, 2016)
HCMS Comments on Proposed Rule

Final Rule (Published Nov. 4, 2016)

2017 Physician Fee Schedule
Proposed Rule (Published July 15, 2016)
HCMS Comments on Proposed Rule

Final Rule (Published Nov. 15, 2016)

Get Involved

To make a powerful impact on healthcare, HCMS needs your voice. Here’s how to get involved:
First Tuesdays at the Capitol
HCMS Delegation to the TMA