CMS Proposes 0.5% Doc Fee Hike

WASHINGTON — Physicians will see a 0.5% overall increase in Medicare reimbursement in 2016 under the proposed physician fee schedule announced Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)…

“Today’s release of the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule marks the beginning of health security for millions of elderly and disabled Americans who depend on Medicare,” Robert Wergin, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, in Leawood, Kan., said in a statement. “It’s the first time in more than a decade that federal law did not threaten their access to care with mandated, double-digit Medicare cuts in payment for physician care.”

“Instead of facing a devastating Medicare cut in payment for the care they provide, physicians will see a modest increase. But most important, physicians can focus on caring for their patients, and their patients can rest assured their care will not be interrupted.”

Your care will not be interrupted… unless you’re a pain patient.

The proposed rule also calls for reimbursement for physician discussion of patients’ wishes regarding end-of-life care…

Something many more pain patients will probably be discussing with their doctors.

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