Special Capitol Hill Report: Positive News for Neurology
November 3, 2016
Neurology Receives Positive News in Final 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
As a member of the AAN, you can rest assured that we are committed to developing a proactive relationship with officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As a result of our continued meetings, comment letters, and advocacy efforts, neurologists will see several positive effects from the 2017 CMS Medicare payment policy.
According to its rule issued on November 2, 2016, CMS will begin paying for:
- Visits that initiate chronic care management (CCM) services
- Complex CCM
- Assessing and creating a care plan for beneficiaries with cognitive impairment
- Critical care consultations furnished via telehealth
AAN Medical Economics and Management Committee Chair Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, FAAN, is encouraged by the positive news in the rule. "The AAN-through medical economics staff and volunteer committee members-has spent years laying the groundwork for the positive decisions that we see come to fruition in this final rule. The AAN has worked diligently first to articulate and successfully obtain new procedure codes that describe additional E/M activities and, subsequently, to urge that CMS recognize these activities by paying for this work. I am pleased to see CMS policy changes that reflect recognition for efforts to manage care for some of our healthcare system's most complex, costly patients. The AAN will continue to work closely with CMS on needed refinements to other payment policy changes resulting from MACRA. Though our work is far from over, we are pleased to see that the value of cognitive care services will be better appreciated starting on January 1, 2017."