Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) recently cosponsored Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) S.966, or the Medicare Care Coordination Improvement Act of 2019. Sinema joins four other senators, Michael Bennet (D-CO), Robert Casey (D-PA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), in cosponsoring the bill.
As of September 19, the Library of Congress does not have a summary of the bill.
In a press release, Sinema says the bill will cut red tape by allowing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to modernize regulations. The bill would also allow doctors who participate in Medicare Alternative Payment Models the ability to coordinate, which, according to Sinema, would reduce costs for patients.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “An Alternative Payment Model (APM) is a payment approach that gives added incentive payments to provide high-quality and cost-efficient care. APMs can apply to a specific clinical condition, a care episode, or a population.”
“Arizona seniors deserve high quality health care. We’re cutting red tape so doctors can coordinate on treatment, lower costs, and provide Arizonans the care they need,” said Sinema.
The Medicare Care Coordination Act was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance on April 1, 2019. No other actions have been taken on the bill.