Among the proposed changes in the newly released 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) is a new urgent care specialty measure set. The Urgent Care Association and the College of Urgent Care Medicine had asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include 12 specific measures, 11 of which were included in CMS’s proposal. The creation of a proper set is expected to help urgent care providers select measures when fulfilling the quality component of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The measure set also creates a distinction between family and emergency medicine. One of the most significant is the creation of a single payment amount for office/outpatient Evaluation and Management visit levels 2 through 5. Public comment on the proposed rule will be accepted until September 10.

 

Medicare Fee Schedule Proposes Urgent Care Specialty Measure Set
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