Congresswoman Matsui Statement on CMS ProposedMedicare Part B Demonstration Project

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Washington, DC, May 17, 2016 | comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
5/17/2016

Contact: Lauren Dart
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Congresswoman Matsui Statement on CMS Proposed Medicare Part B Demonstration Project

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) released the following statement in conjunction with the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee’s consideration of CMS’s Proposed Medicare Part B Demonstration Project:
“As we consider varying perspectives on the newMedicare Part B Demonstration Project proposed by CMS, we must remain focused on crafting policy that ensures clinical decision-making is based on what is best for each patient.
“I share patients' and providers' concerns that the demonstration project, as proposed, may not work for everyone, everywhere. Specifically, I will not support a project that would restrict seniors' access to needed drugs, has a negative impact on physicians, or disproportionately affects certain physician specialties, such as ophthalmology.  
“However, we also must not lose sight of the goal of this demonstration, which is to continue to move toward value-based care. This project has the potential to reduce costs for patients, and we must listen to their voices as we continue to weigh our policy options.
“I intend to work with CMS to ensure that stakeholder input is fully considered, in order to avoid any unintended outcomes of this project. We have made tremendous advances in treating cancer and rare diseases in recent years, and our policies need to ensure that those life-saving treatments remain both available and affordable for families in need.
“I look forward to working with CMS to improve the demonstration project to ensure it will work for patients, particularly for families dealing with devastating rare diseases.
“Transitioning to a healthcare ecosystem that prioritizes value over volume is not without its challenges, but I believe it is possible, and ultimately best for our entire healthcare community.”  
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