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The head of CMS promised a final rule by Nov. 1 for the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) and said it would allow providers to "pick their pace" of compliance if they so choose.
A proposed HHS/CMS rule on governance of state and federal Obamacare exchange health plans offers payers some breaks in a contentious insurance environment.              
You may find additional opportunity to get paid for the background work your providers perform in 2017 with CMS' plans to pay for non-face-to-face prolonged services, but keep an eye on billing requirements -- they may dampen the appeal.
Providers will see a 3.4% pay increase when performing chronic care management (CCM) services next year, and they'll gain a reimbursement channel for "complex" CCM.
You can expect an easier time getting paid for chronic care management (CCM) services in 2017, as CMS plans to clear reporting hurdles for what it calls an "underutilized" service, according to the 2017 Medicare proposed fee schedule. Yet the proposed rule shows that no small number of Medicare beneficiaries received CCM services in 2015 -- specifically, 275,000 beneficiaries.


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