AHA submits comments on proposed physician fee schedule rule for CY 2015

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AHA last week submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on its proposed rule for the calendar year 2015 physician fee schedule. In the letter, AHA expresses its support for CMS’s proposal to add seven new codes to its list of approved Medicare telehealth services and encourages the agency to consider adding other services in future rulemaking. AHA also commends CMS for recognizing the need to pay for services related to chronic care management, but suggests the agency re-examine whether the rate of $41.92 adequately reimburses providers for the full scope of services. In addition, AHA urges the agency to carefully reconsider its proposed methodology of creating a Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System modifier to track services furnished in off-campus, provider-based hospital outpatient departments. AHA also suggests several changes to CMS’s physician quality measurement proposals. The letter also provides comment on CMS’s proposals related to: clinical lab local coverage determination policies; proposed changes to the clinical lab fee schedule; and the electronic health record incentive program.

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