CMS is considering a national revaluation of the five OMT codes as part of its 2017 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule for Medicare. CMS should not be revaluing the OMT codes at this time – here’s why:
Strategically – the fee schedule process has strict rules and if the OMT codes remain in the review process, CMS will not be able to explore any broader, more effective, policy options for sensible payment of OMT.
Bottom line – revaluing the OMT codes during the fee schedule process could significantly limit OMT’s value and blunt momentum towards establishing proper payment for it.
Dealing with OMT payment policy outside of the fee schedule process will yield the best outcome for osteopathic physicians and their patients.
In less than 3 minutes, here are 3 ways you can strengthen the profession and help save OMT:
Visit SaveOMT.org and submit a comment letter urging CMS to exclude the OMT codes from the 2017 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule review for potential revaluation. Don't wait - the deadline is September 6.