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AMA Pleased MedPAC Report Recognizes Need for Care Coordination

For immediate release:
June 15, 2012

Statement attributable to:
Peter W. Carmel, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association (AMA) is very pleased with the focus on care coordination in the report released today by MedPAC. The AMA is a strong advocate for increasing coordination in Medicare to improve care for patients and stabilize the program for the future.

“We are especially pleased the report stresses the need for Medicare to recognize and pay for care coordination services that physicians are already conducting, including telephone calls, patient education and medication management. These services are critical to improving patient outcomes, especially for chronically ill patients. Medicare does not yet recognize or pay for these services, a position the Chronic Care Coordination Workgroup, a joint effort of the AMA’s CPT Editorial Panel and the RVS Update Committee (RUC), has been urging CMS to change. As a result of the workgroup’s efforts, new codes and relative values will be available for CMS to consider for implementation on January 1.”

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Contact:

Heather Lasher Todd
AMA Media Relations
202-789-7430
Heather.Lasher.Todd@ama-assn.org

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