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AMA applauds CMS update of physician fee schedule

12:23 EDT 18 Jul 2017 | Healio

In its response to the physician fee schedule proposed rule released by CMS, the AMA noted numerous positive changes that have the potential to improve patient care and save taxpayer dollars, including a request for information on regulatory relief, expansion of the Diabetes Prevention Program, consolidation and modernization of the legacy value-based payment systems and delayed implementation of appropriate use criteria.“The annual physician fee schedule update is a chance for CMS to modify Medicare policy to ensure the best possible treatment options for patients,” David O. Barbe, MD, president of AMA said in a press release. “The AMA is encouraged by many of the proposed changes and applauds the Administration for working with the AMA to address physician concerns. We will submit formal comments to CMS before the final rule is released later this year.”

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