February 05, 2016

PTAC Reviews Proposed Physician Focused Payment Models

The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory (PTAC) held its first-ever public meeting Feb. 1 to discuss its role in payment model review.

The inaugural meeting was devoted to discussing PTAC’s role in reviewing physician-focused payment models submitted by individuals and stakeholders. Members will now prepare comments and recommendations on whether the proposed physician-focused payment models meet criteria established by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). They will also report to the secretary on their rationale for comments and recommendations.

PTAC was created in April 2015 with Congressional passage of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Committee members include individuals recognized nationally for their expertise in physician-focused payment models and related Medicare health services delivery. By statute, the committee is composed of 11 members. No more than five may be service providers, suppliers or their representatives.

PTAC public meetings will be held quarterly or more frequently as the number of model proposals increases. Meeting notices will be published in the Federal Register. Use this LINK to the DHHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation to learn more.