A proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would significantly reduce Medicare reimbursements for evaluation and management (E/M) services provided by specialists has a significant portion of the U.S. healthcare industry in an uproar. The controversy is evidenced by a strongly worded letter to CMS signed by a broad coalition of 126 patient and provider groups. The letter urges the agency not to move forward with a proposal included in the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule which would consolidate billing codes for E/M office visits. Such a measure, the signatories argue, would result in a flat payment for all E/M visits regardless of the complexity of the visit. The letter’s signatories -- which include the American Heart Association & American Stroke Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The ALS Association, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and The US Oncology Network -- cite concerns that these time-intensive ser [...]
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