The American Academy of Family Physicians is calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop a new set of evaluation and management codes specifically for primary care physicians.

The codes would result in increased payment reflecting a higher intensity and complexity of care that PCPs give, as compared with other specialists, according to the organization in a recent letter to CMS. “We believe that the complexity of the ambulatory and management services that primary care physicians must ‘fit’ into the time available for the average patient visit is sufficiently distinct to merit dedicated codes and higher relative values than currently assigned to existing office or other outpatient codes,” AAFP contends in the letter, which includes a technical paper making its case in detail.

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