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CMS wants to flatten E/M payments

CMS proposed rule, CMS-1693-P

Key clinical point: Some specialties would be paid less under proposed payment changes for 2019.

Major finding: New patient visits (levels 2-5) would be paid at $135 and established patient visits (levels 2-5) would be paid at $93.

Study details: The physician fee schedule proposal would pay level 2-5 E/M visits at the same rate, and reduce some documentation requirements.

Disclosures: No relevant financial disclosures were reported.

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CMS proposed rule, CMS-1693-P