APA Responds to CMS's Proposed Rule, Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Fri September 06, 2013

(Arlington, VA) - In regulatory comments in response to the CMS’s Proposed Rule for the CY 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, the APA commends CMS for seeking ways to compensate physicians for performing non-face-to-face management of care coordination for patients suffering from multiple complex chronic conditions. The APA additionally vocalizes its support of enhancements CMS has made to its quality reporting programs so as to better align measures and reduce the burdens physicians incur when reporting on numerous measures, often through multiple programs. The APA shares its concern that payment penalties stemming from not satisfying the criteria of individual, as well as multiple, reporting programs and an escalating number of measures to report in the upcoming year, will challenge physicians’ capacity to treat existing, as well as new, Medicare patients. The APA is appreciative of CMS’s decision to broaden the definition of “rural” so more areas, including some tracts of land in major metropolitan areas, can qualify for use of Medicare’s telehealth codes, which have thus far been useful for the delivery of outpatient psychiatric care.
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