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CHA Comments on Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

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CHA has submitted its comment letter on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calendar year 2021 physician fee schedule proposed rule.  

In the letter, CHA: 

  • Encourages CMS to expand and make permanent several regulatory flexibilities the agency adopted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These regulatory flexibilities greatly increased the use of telehealth and other communications technology-based services, and CMS is urged to ensure that telehealth services are adequately reimbursed at levels that recognize their important place in the health care delivery system. 
  • Supports making permanent policies to increase flexibilities for teaching physicians and residents currently allowed for the duration of the public health emergency. 
  • Strongly supports delaying clinical laboratory reporting requirements until 2022 and the extended phase-in of payment cuts.  
  • Urges CMS to consider alternatives that would delay or phase-in significant redistributive impacts of the proposed revalued office/outpatient evaluation and management visit and related codes. 

Comments were due to CMS on Oct. 5.