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CMS Shows Strong Support for Collaborative Care

The Collaborative Care model received significant recognition when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released their final rule for the 2017 Medicare Fee Schedule last week, and I am delighted. We thank CMS for listening to our input on the rule and responding in such a way.

Final “MACRA” Rule for Medicare Payment Reform a Win for Psychiatrists

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its greatly anticipated final rule for Medicare payment reform. The rule sets policies for new Medicare payment reforms and quality reporting under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). As it turns out, several of the new items in the final rule will be of great benefit to psychiatrists in the future.

APA Comments on Proposed CMS Payment Policies for Collaborative Care

Recently, the APA sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offering comments on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule for 2017, a rule that for the first time offers physicians payment for working on collaborative care.

Share Your Experiences and Recommendations with the Parity Task Force

The Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force wants to hear about your experience with insurance coverage of mental health and substance use disorder treatment services and your recommendations to ensure mental health is covered just like physical ailments.

New Payment Codes Represent a Big Win for Psychiatry, Collaborative Care

Last week, CMS announced that Medicare plans to begin coverage and reimbursement for “Psychiatric Collaborative Care Management Services” as part of its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule starting in 2017. This represents a huge win for our patients struggling with mental health and substance use disorders and for psychiatrists.