Academy Responds to Proposal to Eliminate Consultation Codes

Urges CMS to Implement Updated Practice Expense Data

September 2, 2009

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On August 31, the Academy submitted a detailed comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on its proposed 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Among other issues, the letter

  • Stated the Academy's opposition to the proposed elimination of the consultation codes
  • Expressed support for the proposed full implementation in 2010 of new practice expense survey data made available by a survey in which the Academy participated in conjunction with the American Medical Association (AMA), explaining that the data came out of a methodologically rigorous survey process and should be fully implemented in 2010
  • Showed Academy support for the proposal to change the definition of physician services under the sustainable growth rate (SGR) to exclude physician-administered drugs

View the Academy's comments to CMS.

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