The Academy is reviewing CMS’s proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule, which includes a slightly increased conversion factor, new codes for add-on payments to primary care physicians and changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.
The AAFP communicated the importance of direct primary care to the House Ways and Means Committee as they begin considering legislation that could reduce health care costs. “H.R. 6317 is a proposal that advances the DPC issue and we look forward to working with them and the committee to further improve this legislation,” wrote Board Chair John Meigs, M.D.
The Academy and five other physician organizations this week warned that the suspension of $10.4 billion in risk-adjustment payments to insurers that CMS announced this month will put patients at risk of losing health care coverage.