The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, signed in April 2015, set in motion a number of changes, including This law
The 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, issued November 1, 2019, which also affects the Quality Payment Program, sets the 2020 MPFS conversion factor at $36.0896, leaving it unchanged from 2019.. However, total allowed charges for family medicine are scheduled to increase 12% in 2021.
The AAFP commented on the 2020 proposal in a September 18, 2019, letter.
More than 90% of family physicians accept Medicare. It is the bedrock of primary care. Yet the annually updated Medicare physician fee schedule does not necessarily advance a primary care–centered health system that improves health and reduces system costs.
After years of lobbying by the AAFP, CMS in 2019 slated a 12% increase in values for evaluation and management coding, to begin in 2021 — a long-sought raise for family physicians.
In 2020, the Academy is pushing CMS to follow through with that revision and to resist pressure from other medical specialties to reverse course.
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