AAFP Responds to CMS' Physician Fee Schedule

AAFP Board Chair Jeff Cain, MD, of Denver, sent a detailed response to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, MA, wherein he outlined some specific AAFP suggestions for improving the 2015 fee schedule.

The AAFP went to bat for family physicians this week in a detailed response to CMS' 2015 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule.

After the Academy's careful review of the proposed schedule -- published in the July 11 Federal Register(www.federalregister.gov)-- AAFP Board Chair Jeff Cain, M.D., of Denver, sent a detailed response to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A.

In that Aug. 26 letter, Cain highlighted AAFP concerns with portions of the 2015 proposed fee schedule most likely to affect family physicians and their patients.

Cain prefaced his remarks by noting the AAFP appreciates CMS' efforts to implement short-term payment strategies "that recognize primary care and care coordination as critical components in achieving better care for individuals and reduced expenditure growth."

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Source: AAFP