Academy comments on 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

October 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 9

4418On July 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the proposed Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) for calendar year (CY) 2017. In addition to payment policy and payment rate updates, the MPFS addresses a number of issues affecting otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons.

Key provisions Members should be aware of from the proposed rule include: practice expense adjustments; proposed global surgical data collection requirements; Appropriate Use Criteria for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging requirements; modifications to the Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) qualification requirements; and updates to the Value Based Modifier and Physician Feedback Programs.

The Academy submitted comments to CMS on the proposed rule on September 6. The comments can be found on the website at

Watch for the November Bulletin with a deeper explanation of what you need to know about proposals in the MPFS and how the Academy is advocating on your behalf.