“The AAFP is gratified that CMS has confirmed plans to implement the revaluation of E/M visit codes and the finalized add-on code for complex visits,” Academy President Ada Stewart, M.D., said Dec. 2 in response to the 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule. The raise reflects years of Academy work to correct underinvestment in primary care — a need made more crucial by COVID-19.
In a Dec. 2 letter to HHS, the Academy called on the agency to rescind a proposed rule that would draw crucial time and resources away from fighting the pandemic while potentially disrupting the work of a broad spectrum of health care stakeholders.
In a Nov. 20 letter to President-elect Joe Biden, the Academy expressed optimism about working with the incoming administration across a number of fronts, including: building on the Affordable Care Act, reorienting payment toward value, strengthening the primary care workforce and maximizing health equity.
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