House Budget Committee to Hold Hearings on CBO Scoring
Monday, August 29, 2016
Posted by: Bradley Coffey, MA, AAOE Government Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, September 7, the House Budget Committee will hold a hearing entitled Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation: Scoring Assumptions and Real-World Implications. The Committee will focus on the integrity of Congress’s oversight authority by examining the role of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in the exercising of that authority. Specifically, the hearing will shine a spotlight on CBO’s estimates of the fiscal impact of proposed changes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and how CBO’s analysis may be hampering Congress’s oversight of CMMI.
CMMI is a group within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) tasked with developing and testing new payment models for Medicare and Medicaid. Concerns have been raised about whether the nature of CMMI’s new Medicare payment models exceed the legal authority given the agency, CMMI’s decision to require mandatory – rather than the usual voluntary – participation of health care providers in the models, and the impact such an experiment could have on the practice of medicine and patient access to critical health care treatments.
DATE: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
TIME: 10:00 a.m. ET
LOCATION: 210 Cannon House Office Building
WITNESSES: A list of witnesses will be announced at a later date.
You may view the hearings online at budget.house.gov. The House Budget Committee is chaired by Congressman Tom Price, MD (R-GA), an orthopaedic surgeon.