On Nov. 3, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rule updating the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for calendar year 2017. With all of the attention that the Quality Payment Program (QPP) established under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), there is some risk that meaningful changes may have escaped notice.
There is also a risk that the implications of these payment policy changes, and the opportunities they may create, will not be fully realized or that they will only slowly create positive change in care delivery.
The 2017 PFS update is nearly 400 pages – too much to summarize in this forum. But I'll highlight a couple of changes: