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In a sign that Congress is serious, or at least wishes to be thought serious, on the well-publicized subject of opioid abuse, the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee this week pushed forward 57 bills, 56 of which they say are "focused on ways to help combat the opioid crisis," to the full committee. 

CMS has published feedback and issued a new RFI on proposed "Direct Provider Contracting Models" — which sound a lot like direct primary care, but with CMS paying the bills .

Providers could have 435 code changes to deal with starting Oct. 1 with 247 new codes, 139 revised codes and 49 codes rendered invalid, according to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) proposed rule released April 24.

The American Medical Association (AMA) and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) have developed a concept for an opioid treatment advanced alternative payment model (APM) which could - if accepted by CMS as an advanced APM - serve as a MIPS alternative.

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