CMS promises to relieve 'regulatory burden' in 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule

Evrard Martin
Juillet 16, 2017

Telehealth just might get a boost, even incrementally, from a proposed rule the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted Thursday. "CMS is committed to transforming the Medicare program and updating our policies to provide high-quality and affordable patient-centered care".

Usual conditions apply. Virtual visits have to be conducted through an interactive telecommunication system by a doctor or authorized clinician to an eligible patient located in what CMS considers to be a telehealth originating site.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule yesterday to update the Medicare physician fee schedule, with changes meant to relieve the regulatory burden on doctors and other clinicians in 2018.

That rule increases some outpatient payments, brings reductions in 340B drug payments, and does not propose changing the meaningful use Stage 3 reporting requirements slated to begin on January 1, 2018. The OPPS and ASC payment system are updated each year to include changes to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for those Medicare patients who receive care at hospital outpatient departments or receive care at ASCs.

The rule will be published July 21 in the Federal Register, with comments on the proposal due September 11.

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