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Proposed Rule Would Pay FPs for Care Coordination, Nonface-to-Face Care
AAFP Is Examining Proposal for Impact on Family Physicians
The proposal explicitly addresses the value of primary care and the importance of care coordination in improving quality and controlling costs, acknowledgments that AAFP President Glen Stream, M.D., M.B.I., of Spokane, Wash, finds encouraging. "I was struck by the wording of the payment rule -- about wanting to recognize the value of primary care and the importance of care coordination," he said in an interview with AAFP News Now.
"CMS has made a significant effort to recognize the undervaluing of primary care and has made a substantial step in the right direction to address that. We will continue to work with CMS going forward to build on that."
In a July 6 press release, CMS singled out the effect of the proposed rule on family physicians, saying the rule would increase payments to family physicians by approximately 7 percent; other practitioners providing primary care services would receive between 3 percent and 5 percent.
The 7 percent figure for family physicians is based on a 2 percent payment increase that is scheduled to take effect as a result of a phased-in Physician Practice Information Survey and a 5 percent increase from the newly proposed postdischarge transitional care management code, according to a preliminary analysis conducted by the AAFP.
The Academy has until Sept. 4 to respond to the proposed rule and is analyzing and preparing a summary of the proposal.
"The AAFP is going to do a lot more evaluation of this," said Stream. "We will give our assessment of what we think the impact will be and how many of our members we think will offer this (care-coordination) service."