An American Medical Association leader had a few good things to say about a final rule the CMS issued Thursday on the Medicare fee schedule.
In a prepared statement, AMA President-elect Dr. Ardis Hoven said the association was pleased the CMS "included some of our key recommendations in the final Medicare fee schedule rule."
Among those AMA pleasers Hoven mentioned was the CMS' adoption of two AMA-developed current procedural terminology, or CPT, codes for new transitional care management services. The final rule "supports physicians working in emerging models of care and the work involved in transitioning patients from one care setting to the next," Hoven said. She also praised the CMS' "increasing the size of groups that will be affected by the initial value-based modifier policy."
In addition, Hoven lauded the CMS' decision to modify the Medicare e-prescribing program by adding an appeals process and two new penalty-avoidance exemptions for those physicians who are participating in the CMS-administered electronic health-record system incentive payment program.