July 30, 2009: On July 1, 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to policies and payment rates for services to be provided in calendar year 2010 by practitioners who are paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The MPFS sets payment rates for thousands of physicians’ services in medical offices, hospitals and other health care settings. Based on current data, CMS is projecting a rate reduction of 21.5 percent for calendar year 2010. The changes are unlikely to pass exactly as they stand, but significant improvement to the proposed changes is dependent on the comments CMS receives. Click here
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