CMS Finalizes Physician Payment Rates for 2014

In a rule issued today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized payment rates and policies for 2014, including a major proposal to support care management outside the routine office interaction as well as other policies to promote high quality care and efficiency in Medicare. CMS care coordination policy is a milestone, and demonstrates Medicare s recognition of the importance of care that occurs outside of a face-to-face visit for a wide range of beneficiaries beginning in 2015.