Trump Administration's Patients Over Paperwork Delivers for Doctors

CMS Press Release (07/29/19)

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing major policy revisions so doctors devote more time to patient care rather than filing cumbersome paperwork, as part of the agency's annual changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program. This proposal dovetails with the Trump administration's initiative to support a healthcare targeting better health outcomes. The White House's amendments to billing and coding mandates to Evaluation and Management (E/M) services allowed doctors more flexibility to consider time with the patient or medical decision-making, to devote more attention to clinically relevant and medically necessary issues. CMS' proposed changes would reflect these policies by paying clinicians across all specialties for the time they spend treating patients with more needs and multiple conditions, by boosting the value of E/M codes for office/outpatient visits and supplying enhanced payments for certain types of visits. Moreover, the agency is proposing to cover the costs of care management services for patients with a single, high-risk chronic condition, like diabetes or high blood pressure.

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