A coalition of stakeholder organizations – including the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) – released a consensus document on the "red flag" warning signs related to prescribing and dispensing controlled substance prescriptions.
The American Academy of Family Physicians is calling out the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for failing to provide details about several primary care codes in its 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.
Veterans can now be referred to non-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) primary care physicians (PCPs) to lessen wait times, but there might be pushback because reimbursement may be below standard Medicare rates.
Despite staunch opposition from physician advocates, the bill, which was introduced on Wednesday, will move to the Senate in an effort to pass the legislation before the current SGR fix expires on March 31.
The Sustainable Growth Rate replacement bill passing Congress today would guarantee .5% Medicare reimbursement increases for five years while new payment models are developed and phased in. But medical groups remain cautiously optimistic.