CMS payment policies & regulatory flexibilities during COVID-19 emergency
View the key actions the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services have taken in response to AMA to improve Medicare coverage of services and reduce regulatory burdens on physicians during the COVID-19 crisis.
Payment & Delivery Models
CMS shouldn’t permanently relax rules on physician oversight
Temporary waivers involving scope of practice and licensure should not continue once the COVID-19 pandemic emergency has ended.
Cutting Medicare pay during COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t make sense
Physicians practicing certain medical specialties, already facing severe economic strain, may be subject to big Medicare pay cuts in 2021.
AMA COVID-19 daily video update: AMA’s advocacy support for physicians reopening their practices
The AMA is leading the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. See daily video updates on how the AMA is fighting COVID-19 in the second of a two-part series, about AMA's latest advocacy efforts.
CMS OKs pay parity for telephone visits during COVID-19 crisis
CMS agency agreed to raise rates for telephone visits so seniors can receive continuous care without leaving their homes during the pandemic.
CMS takes additional steps to ensure patients receive medical services
The AMA commends CMS for allowing Medicare beneficiaries in underserved areas to access care from their homes.
Amid pandemic, CMS should level field for phone E/M visits
Older patients most vulnerable to COVID-19 often can’t use audiovisual telehealth, yet Medicare pay rates for phone visits are much lower. Physicians seek parity during pandemic.
A time to stand together
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