On November 2, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released their final proposed 2017 Medicare Fee Schedule. This new fee schedule is set to pay primary care physicians more than they were previously paid for certain types of care. The increased fees are for treatment of Chronic illnesses and cognitive and behavioral problems. Andy Slavitt, CMS Acting Administrator, estimates this will put an additional $140 million in reimbursements in the pockets of PCPs. Follow this link to read more which also discusses how the new proposed 2017 fee schedules may positively affect surgeons by reducing their reporting chores and simplifying the coding requirements for post op periods.
Published by: Medscape: Robert Lowes, November 8, 2016