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CMS mulls payment policy changes on chronic care, telehealth
Modern Physician

In an important first, the CMS is considering paying primary-care physicians for complex chronic care management services of Medicare patients without an in-person patient visit. The change would start in 2015. It’s just one of several policy changes included in the CMS-proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2014. Other proposed changes include adjustments to some 200 “misvalued” fee-schedule codes and expanded payment for telehealth services—particularly for identified rural “health professional shortage areas.”

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