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ACS seeks surgeon feedback on administrative burdens


 

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) seeks feedback from Fellows about existing Medicare documentation requirements that are unnecessary, difficult to understand, complicate the submission of claims, and delay patient care. The DAHP will use surgeon input to establish policy recommendations for regulatory relief under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Documentation Requirements Simplification (DRS) Initiative. The key objectives of the DRS Initiative are to eliminate documentation requirements that are no longer needed and to simplify the remaining documentation requirements to reduce improper payments and appeals. To share your story about Medicare documentation burdens, contact Lauren Foe, ACS Regulatory Associate, at lfoe@facs.org.

The ACS will be submitting comments to CMS about documentation requirements as part of the College’s Stop Overregulating My OR (SOMO) initiative, through which the DAHP highlights specific regulatory and legislative actions that should be taken to reduce burdens and enable surgeons to reinvest their time and resources in patients. More information about ACS regulatory relief efforts can be found on the SOMO website at www.facs.org/advocacy/regulatory/somo.

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