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CMS releases proposed 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule

July 11, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) rule for 2017. CMS will accept public comments on the rule until Sept. 6, 2016 and intends to issue the final 2017 PFS by Nov. 1, 2016.

Among other changes, the proposed rule:

• Sets 2017 Medicare payment rates for physician services, including a modest payment increase as a result of SGR repeal under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA);
• Outlines proposed RVU and payment changes for services CMS considers misvalued; and
• Requires health care providers and suppliers to be screened and enrolled in Medicare in order to contract with Medicare Advantage health plans to provide Medicare-covered items and services to beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage.

Proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

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