The 22nd Annual Joint National Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC) and Private Insurance Advisory Committee (PIAC) Meeting took place on Friday, November 11, in Arlington, VA. CAC and PIAC representatives are your state-level leading advocates for Medicare and private insurance reimbursement issues. During the meeting, representatives heard valuable updates on the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, private insurance trends, MIPS, and changes to evaluation and management (E/M) coding that will take effect on January 1, 2023.
Two standout representatives received special recognition during the event. Franklin Kase, DPM, was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Kase is a PIAC representative from California whose dedication and commitment to podiatry during his decades-long service to the profession cannot be questioned. He has been pivotal in some significant advocacy victories, including an extended battle with Anthem over the denial of E/M claims with modifier 25. Dr. Kase was unable to attend the meeting, and CPMA Executive Director Jon Hultman, DPM, accepted the award on his behalf.
Additionally, Mark Block, DPM, was presented with the 2022 CAC & PIAC Representative of the Year award. Dr. Block has long represented Florida and the profession as a whole, and has a track record as an exemplary representative who has cultivated a productive, mutually beneficial relationship with his Carrier Medical Director. Dr. Block has also served in numerous leadership positions at APMA and FPMA over the years.
An invaluable aspect of any CAC-PIAC meeting is collaboration between the representatives, and this year’s meeting was no different. However, as a novel approach to these breakout sessions, APMA brought in facilitator Lowell Aplebaum to lead the discussion. With Aplebaum’s focused direction, attendees were able to identify key areas of focus for the upcoming year.
Expect to hear more about the outcomes from the CAC-PIAC in the January/February issue of APMA News and from your local representatives. For more information about the CAC-PIAC process, and to find out who represents you, visit www.apma.org/cacpiac. For additional questions, contact the Health Policy and Practice department at email@example.com.