AAPM&R Submits Comments on CMS Proposed Rule: Cancellation of Advancing Care Coordination

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October 24, 2017

On October 16, 2017, AAPM&R submitted a comment letter on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposed Rule:  Cancellation of Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Models; Changes to Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Mode.

The comments included agreement with the cancellation of upcoming mandatory models, as well as scaling back of the mandatory nature of the current CJR initiative, noting the problems posed for patients impacted by the mandatory models as well as the burden on physicians and health care systems which may not be ready to transition to such a model. 

Your Academy also recommended, however, that the incentive payment initiative related to Cardiac Rehabilitation should not be cancelled as it has the potential to encourage the use of appropriate services and can be implemented as a voluntary measure. 

Read the full comment letter here.

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.