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You now can comment on 2011 Medicare fee schedule proposal
e-Reports, July 12, 2010
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will accept your comments until Aug. 24 on proposed policies for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for services provided on or after Jan. 1, 2011. CMS will respond in a final rule to be issued on or about Nov. 1.

The proposed rules for next year would implement key provisions in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to expand preventive services for Medicare beneficiaries – including a new annual wellness visit – improve payments for primary care services and promote access to health care services in rural areas.

The proposed rules would also implement a payment incentive program for general surgeons performing major surgery in areas designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas.

Find the proposed rule here. See Relative Value Units (RVUs) listed beginning on page 803.

See page 2 and 3 for details on how to submit comments.

CMS issued Fact Sheets with additional details; find those here.

For updated information on the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), visit here.

For details on the E-Prescribing Incentive Program, see the CMS web site.

Find an AMA summary and analysis of the proposed 2011 fee schedule here.
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