In its responses, APMA was generally supportive of CMS benchmarking Medicaid reimbursement rates to the Medicare Fee Schedule to improve Medicaid provider participation. However, we expressed concerns over CMS limiting the benchmarking to evaluation and management services for providers in primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, mental health services, and substance abuse disorders. APMA recommended expanding the benchmarking to other specialty providers, including podiatric physicians to ensure that Medicaid patients have access to the collaborative care team they need. We also stressed to CMS that it should work with Congress to recognize podiatric physicians as being physicians under Medicaid.
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