On December 14, 2021, an OPS Office Hours Zoom meeting was focused on the threat of Direct Contracting Entities.
Facilitators: Betty Keller MD, Steve Kemble MD, Susan Rogers MD
Summary: DCEs are an existential threat to Medicare. DCEs have been developed without Congressional awareness or oversight. We’re in an emergency. All hands on deck!
Susan Rogers MD and other PNHP leaders met in early December with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Director Liz Fowler and delivered thousands of signed petitions to HHS secretary Xavier Becerra to stop DCEs. CMS seems determined to proceed and have all Medicare recipients in a DCE or Medicare Advantage plan by 2030.