Center for Connected Health Policy, October 16, 2018
On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposal of revisions to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for CY 2019. The proposal includes reimbursement for a virtual check-in service intended to “restore the doctor-patient relationship” by motivating physicians to communicate with patients outside of the office. The calls would help patients decide if they need to schedule an in-person appointment. CMS proposes to reimburse physicians $14 per five to ten-minute check-in call, and according to a Kaiser Health News article, physicians worry that patients would be required to pay 20% in cost-sharing.