Phototherapy still an option for psoriasis
National Psoriasis Foundation is pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will not cut phototherapy reimbursement in 2015, which means many physicians can continue offering this safe, cost-effective treatment for psoriasis.
In 2014, CMS reconsidered its drastic 50-60 percent phototherapy reimbursement cuts, thanks in large part to the Psoriasis Foundation and its supporters who sent hundreds of comments about the importance of this vital treatment option. Instead, physicians saw a 9 percent drop in their 2014 reimbursement rate. If the original, much more severe cuts had taken place, many health care providers would have been forced to stop offering phototherapy, leaving many people with psoriasis no treatment option.
In the coming months and throughout 2015, NPF will continue fighting for access to phototherapy by ensuring that this service is appropriately reimbursed. NPF will focus on expanding access and reducing barriers to phototherapy services for all individuals who need this treatment. Phototherapy is the front-line treatment for many people with psoriasis whose choices are limited, including children, pregnant and nursing women, and people with suppressed immune systems.
The Psoriasis Foundation has been following this important reimbursement issue and will continue to monitor developments. If you have questions or concerns, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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