Tuesday, September 8, 2015

AHCA/NCAL Submits Comments to CMS Regarding CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

Dan Ciolek

On Friday, September 4 the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) submitted public comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in regards to proposed Part B Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year (CY) 2016 that may impact AHCA and NCAL members and the beneficiaries they serve. The AHCA/NCAL comments provided background and recommendations regarding the following two topics:

· CMS review of high expenditure services for consideration to readjust payment values (including ten procedures commonly used to report outpatient therapy services)

· CMS consideration to eliminate the code pricing ‘Refinement Panel’ that has assisted CMS in finalizing procedure prices for the past two decades.

The full text of the AHCA/NCAL comments can be found online. All comments pertaining to this proposed rule that were submitted to www.regulations.gov can be found online.

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