|December 2, 2019
AMA Comments to CMS 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and QPP Proposed Rule
[from the AMA Advocacy Update]
The AMA has submitted comments
to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the 2020
physician fee schedule and quality payment program (QPP) proposed rule.
AMA comments focus primarily on two issues. First, while the AMA
greatly appreciates CMS' proposal to align the previously finalized
office visit coding changes with the framework adopted by the Current
Procedural Terminology® (CPT) Editorial Panel, the AMA urges CMS to
finalize the CPT codes and guidelines and AMA/Specialty Society RVS
Update Committee (RUC) recommendations exactly as implemented by the
CPT Editorial Panel and submitted bythe RUC. Second, the AMA commends CMS for responding to the AMA's
recommendations in crafting its Merit-based Incentive Payment System
(MIPS) value pathways (MVP) proposal. Modifications will be needed to
ensure that the MVP is voluntary, is a more holistic track for
physicians than the current MIPS program, and provides a minimum point
floor for those who report via this track.
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