On October 25, 2023, Ari Markenson and Patrick Dunbar published “CMS Addressing Behavioral Health Shortfalls with Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Changes” in Behavioral Healthcare Executive. The following is an excerpt:
This summer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant changes to how Medicare addresses behavioral health in the 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (Fee Schedule). The proposed changes will improve beneficiary access to behavioral health services, while increasing payment rates prescribed by the Fee Schedule for certain services. The proposed changes suggest that CMS is attempting to address behavioral health shortfalls within the Medicare program and, on a larger scale, address growing behavioral health issues in the United States.
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