Monday, July 18, 2016 Now Available to Members: Highlights of the Proposed 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Get up to speed on 1 of the most extensive changes to physical therapy coding in years: APTA members can now access highlights of the 2017 proposed Medicare physician fee schedule rule, a guide that includes an explanation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposal to implement a 3-level physical therapy initial evaluation code system. In addition to information on the new system for current procedural terminology (CPT) coding, the highlights prepared by APTA federal regulatory affairs staff touch on all of the other elements of the proposed rule that affect physical therapists, including payment rate updates, CMS' continued review of potentially misvalued codes, and proposed adjustments to physician self-referral rules and accountable care organization (ACO) quality measures. To access the highlights, visit the APTA Medicare fee schedule webpage, scroll down to APTA summaries, and click on the related highlights link. For a live conversation on the proposed rule, be sure to sign up for the next APTA Insider Intel live phone-in event, scheduled for August 17 2:00 pm-2:30 pm, ET. A final rule will be issued later in the year. APTA intends to comment on the proposed rule by the September 6 deadline.