CMS aims to boost emphasis on primary care as part of 2017 Medicare fee proposal

July 06, 2016

CMS is placing primary care at the forefront when it comes to the proposed changes in the Medicare physician fee schedule. CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt and Dr. Patrick Conway, acting principal deputy administrator and CMO, said the agency is placing a value on primary care and care coordination to keep people well and lower health care costs. The proposed rule outlines changes to how the government pays primary care physicians, mental health specialists, geriatricians and other clinicians. It includes:

  • An increase in primary care provider payments for routine office visits involving patients with mobility-related disabilities, with payment increasing from $73 to $119 per visit; and
  • An increase in payments to geriatricians and family physicians, with an anticipated 2% increase in payments; and
  • Payment for mental health care using the behavioral health Collaborative Care Model.

The rule also proposes to expand the Diabetes Prevention Program within Medicare starting Jan. 1, 2018, placing an added focus on diabetes prevention.
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