MAG among groups calling for SSNRI adjustment

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The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is one of a number of physician groups that signed a letter that was sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) to express concern over the planned enactment of the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI).

The letter says that “this initiative has the potential to significantly disrupt patient care and physician payment…[and the groups] recommend that CMS pursue this change through the traditional notice and comment rulemaking process so that valuable industry feedback may be considered. We further ask that CMS develop a mechanism for providers to quickly and securely access Medicare beneficiary identification numbers to avoid disruptions in access to care.” 

It concludes that, “In an age of increased identity theft and fraud, the Medicare patient population deserves the improved security that will be achieved with the SSNRI. This protection should not, however, come at the expense of prompt patient care or provider payment. We urge CMS to consider adjusting the implementation of the SSNRI as outlined above to protect care access for our nation’s seniors.”

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