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Monday, September 14, 2015

TMA to Feds: Pay Doctors for Medicare Hassles

The TMA Council on Socioeconomics has a strong message for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS): Increase physicians’ Medicare pay to cover all the new federal mandates or see physician participation in the program continue to fall. “The growing Medicare administrative burden, added to the recent history of and future plans for inadequate fee updates, is making Medicare participation and compliance increasingly difficult and costly for practicing physicians, and will impair access to care for Medicare beneficiaries,” Council Chair Joe Valenti, MD, wrote in a formal comment letter to CMS. “When Medicare adds administrative burdens, those added burdens should be accompanied by RVU [relative value unit] or conversion factor increases to offset the added costs.” The letter is a response to CMS’ proposed 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule.

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