CMS Publishes Corrections To Proposed 2011 Physician Fee Schedule Rules

Physicians and others likely to be affected by the proposed payment and other Medicare policy changes set forth in the “Medicare Program; Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2011” (“2011 Physician Fee Schedule”) proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 13, 2010 Federal Register should review and consider the potential implications, if any, of a series of corrections to the proposed 2011 Physician Fee Schedule (“Corrections”) published by CMS today (August 26, 2010) when evaluating the implications of the 2011 Physician Fee Schedule on their reimbursement and other operations.

The 2011 Physician Fee Schedule previously published in the Federal Register here on July 13, 2010 outlines a detailed series of proposed changes to the physician fee schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies that CMS is proposing to implement in 2011.  Among other things, the proposed 2011 Physician Fee Schedule would:

  • Change Medicare reimbursement rules and amounts to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services;
  • Interprets and implements certain provisions of both the Affordable Care Act and the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008;;
  • Discusses payments under the Ambulance Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule, payments to ESRD facilities, and payments for Part B drugs; and
  • Discusses rules regarding the Chiropractic Services Demonstration program, the Competitive Bidding Program for Durable Medical Equipment and Provider and Supplier Enrollment Issues associated with Air Ambulances.

The Corrections published in the August 26, 2010 Federal Register here list a series of corrections to specific provisions of the 2011 Physician Fee Schedule that CMS has identified as necessary to address technical or typographical errors in the 2011 Physician Fee Schedule as originally published in July.  Physicians and others evaluating the potential implications of the previously proposed 2011 Physician Fee Schedule should review and take into account these proposed edits as part of their analysis and response.

For More Information or Assistance

If you need assistance with these or other health industry regulatory, reimbursement or other operational or compliance concerns, please contact the author of this update, attorney Cynthia Marcotte Stamer.  Ms. Stamer has extensive experience advising and assisting health care providers and other health industry clients with licensure, contracting, reimbursement, compliance, public policy, regulatory, staffing, and other operations and risk management matters. Ms. Stamer also regularly publishes and conducts training on these and other compliance, management and operations matters.  You can contact Ms. Stamer to inquire about engaging her services or for information about training or other resources that she provides at (469) 767-8872 or via e-mail here.  To get more information about Ms. Stamer and her health industry experience, see here.  

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