Physician groups praised a CMS proposal to increase physician reimbursement for discharges from nursing homes, according to a news release (PDF) from the American Medical Directors Association, Columbia, Md.
Docs laud nursing-home pay changes
The CMS proposed (PDF) an increase to the number used to determine the level of physician care and reimbursement—called physician work relative-value units—for nursing facility discharge day management, a change that would result in $4.3 million in additional payments, according to the AMDA. The changes were proposed as a part of the CMS' Five-Year Review of Work Relative-Value Units Under the Physician Fee Schedule.
"What a great victory for long-term-care physicians and their patients," said Lorraine Tarnove, AMDA's executive director, in the release. “But it doesn't end the war. I hope it provides these dedicated physicians with enough relief to allow them to stay in long-term care," she said.
Also supporting the change were officials from the American Academy of Family Physicians, Leawood, Kan., and the American Geriatrics Society, New York.
Comments on the notice are being accepted through July 25, according to the CMS' notice.
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