Corey Howard, MD, FACP, President of the Florida Medical Association, released a statement on proposed changes from Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS).
“By now, you have no doubt heard of the changes that CMS is proposing for E/M services billed for under Medicare. This proposal would offer a single blended payment rate for level 2 through 5 office and outpatient visits. Such a payment system would not adjust reimbursement to account for patient complexity, even for our sickest and most vulnerable seniors. The proposal would also reduce payment for the least expensive visit or procedure billed for in situations when a modifier25 is used.”