Tag: Medicare Payment Rates

The 2022 OPPS/ASC Final Rule Finalizes 2% Boost in Payment Rates

CMS dramatically increases financial penalties for noncompliance with hospital price transparency rules. On Nov. 2, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year (CY) 2022 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System final rule, finalizing payment rates and policy changes affecting Medicare services furnished […]
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Health Policy Experts Offer 3 Fixes for Medicare’s ‘Dysfunctional’ Advanced-Imaging Payment System

Medicare’s approach to advanced imaging reimbursement has been “dysfunctional” for decades, but health policy experts have a few suggestions to fix it. Over the past 20 years, the federal payment program witnessed “substantial” increases in the performance of MRIs, CT scans and nuclear studies, mostly in doc offices. A shift later occurred to hospital outpatient […]
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Physicians Call for Fair Reimbursement for COVID-19 Vaccines

Physicians are asking for adequate reimbursement for all COVID-19 vaccines and their administration, according to a new policy statement from the American College of Physicians (ACP). The statement released on Jan. 12 calls on health policymakers to require insurers to “provide adequate reimbursement for all vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, administered according to” scientific guidelines established by the […]
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Congress Provides Relief on Medicare Payment; Passes Surprise Billing

The $1.4 trillion omnibus legislative package passed by Congress late Monday includes COVID-19 related relief for physicians, imposes new restrictions on surprise billing, and funds the government through fiscal 2021, which ends Sept. 30. The legislation mitigates budget neutrality cuts that would have slashed physician Medicare payment rates by 10.2% and extends the moratorium on the budget […]
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CMS Releases HCPCS Codes For Covid-19 Antibody Drug

A version of this article was first published December 14, 2020, by HCPro’s Revenue Cycle Advisor, a sibling publication to HealthLeaders. CMS recently released two new HCPCS Level II codes for Regeneron’s antibody drugs casirivimab and imdevimab, effective for dates of service on or after November 21. The creation of the new codes comes in […]
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Final 2021 Medicare Pay Schedule: What Physicians Need to Know

The 2021 Medicare physician payment schedule finalized an AMA-developed approach for less burdensome coding and documenting of office and outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also extended Medicare payment for many services delivered via telehealth at least until the end of calendar year 2021, but indicated that […]
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2021 Medicare Pay Schedule Eases Physicians’ Documentation Burdens

The final 2021 Medicare physician payment schedule includes a simpler, more flexible process for coding and documenting evaluation and management (E/M) office-visit services. But those positive changes, set to take effect in January, are accompanied by significant pay cuts for many physicians in specialties that provide relatively few office visits—cuts that come as the pandemic […]
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Coronavirus: CMS Releases Plan For Vaccine Patient Price, Reimbursement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is laying the groundwork for the widespread release of a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine by releasing an interim final rule with comment period (IFC) with information on out-of-pocket patient costs and physician reimbursements. According to a news release, any vaccine which is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug […]
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Early Impact Of CMS Expansion Of Medicare Telehealth During COVID-19

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken unprecedented action to expand telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries. Since people were advised to stay at home to reduce risk of exposure of COVID-19, there was an urgency to increase access to telehealth services to help people who need routine care and […]
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