2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

On Oct. 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

This rule sets payment rates for calendar year 2015 and finalizes numerous coverage policy issues for the Medicare program.

Key aspects of the fee schedule rule impacting PAs include:

  • A new CMS policy to allow patients who are treated exclusively by PAs to be assigned to accountable care organizations under Medicare’s shared savings program.
  • Increased employment flexibility for PAs who deliver care in certified rural health clinics, allowing PAs to work as independent contractors as long as at least one authorized professional is a W-2 employee of the clinic.
  • Inclusion of PAs as covered medical professionals for performing Medicare’s newly added telemedicine services and for chronic care management service.
  • No CE or CME provided by AAPA and AAPA constituent organizations would be subject to the Sunshine Act’s Open Payments program reporting requirements if the manufacture did not require, instruct or direct the grant to be used for identified physicians.

For additional information contact Michael Powe, AAPA’s vice president of reimbursement and professional advocacy, at michael@

Source:  www.AAPA.com