CMS announced last week that the proposed rule changes would improve how Medicare pays for services provided by primary care physicians and other practitioners for patients with multiple chronic conditions, mental and behavioral health issues, as well as cognitive impairment or mobility-related impairments.
“[These] proposals are intended to give a significant lift to the practice of primary care and to boost the time a physician can spend with their patients listening, advising and coordinating their care — both for physical and mental health,” said CMS Acting Administrator Slavitt. “If this rule is finalized, it will put our nation’s money where its mouth is by continuing to recognize the importance of prevention, wellness, and mental health and chronic disease management.”
CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule until September 6, 2016, and will respond to comments in a final rule.
To learn more about these efforts to support and improve access to primary care, visit the CMS Blog.
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