CMS has issued its final 2014 rule on payment rates and policies for physicians and other clinicians. The rule includes a proposal for reimbursement of care management services beyond office-based visits such as establishment of a care plan, communication between patients and providers, patient and caregiver communication, and medication management. The final rule also features provisions on quality programs including the Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier. The schedules for ambulatory surgical centers and hospital outpatient prospective payment systems also were released.

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