In April 2015, the President signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (HR 2, also known as MACRA). This law:
The 2016 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule was published in the July 15, 2015 Federal Register and CMS will accept comments on it until September 8, 2015. The AAFP is thoroughly analyzing these proposals and will submit formal comments to the agency prior to the deadline. Of particular interest to family physicians, this regulation proposes to:
The regulation also includes changes to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, and the Physician Compare website. It modifies Part B drugs and payments for biosimilar biological products, makes misvalued code changes for radiation therapy, implements the statutory phase-in of significant RVU reductions, makes misvalued code changes for lower GI endoscopy services, updates the physician self-referral policy, changes the Medicare physician and practitioner opt-out policy, and requests input on other changes.
The regulation will be published permanently in the July 15, 2015 Federal Register and CMS will accept comments until September 8, 2015.
AAFP Letter to CMS on 2016 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - August 26, 2015(28 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CMS on ACP in 2016 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - July 23, 2015(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CMS on Evaluation and Management Guidelines - May 20, 2015(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter to HHS on Advance Care Planning - May 12, 2015(3 page PDF)
Joint Letter to CMS Advocating Separate Payment for ACP Codes - December 30, 2014(5 page PDF)
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