CMS has published Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2017 in the Federal Register and is accepting public comment on its provisions until September 6, 2016. Several of its many proposals may impact ESRD treatment, for instance:
- Making dialysis-related and advanced-care-planning services eligible for Telehealth
- Updates to Geographic Practice Cost Indices, particularly in California
- Review of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program
- Changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Shared Savings Programs
A summary of the proposed changes can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-07-07-2.html . The full Federal Register publication can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/07/15/2016-16097/medicare-program-revisions-to-payment-policies-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-other-revisions .