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Smoothing the Path for Medical Device Innovation

On October 3, 2018 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proudly announced:   “CMS Accelerates Innovation and Promotes Patient Access to Medical Technology”. This announcement was in reference to revisions to Medicare’s Program Integrity Manual Chapter 13 that were made to increase transparency in the Local Coverage Determination (LCD) process.

CMS Confirms the Changes to Reimbursement for Office Visits

On November 1st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule on the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP). The proposed rule, issued in July, caught the attention of the medical community with the CMS declaration that the American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (AMA CPT) code set was outdated. As a first step to address this concern, CMS proposed significant changes to payment rates and documentation requirements for the outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) codes.

CMS Aligns Physician and Hospital Financial Incentives

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing regulations in the proposed 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and the finalized 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System that will increase the interdependence between hospital administration and physician practice.

The 2019 Medicare IPPS and OPPS

On July 25, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule and on August 2 the Agency released the finalized Inpatient Prospective Payment Rule (IPPS). CMS has stated that it is focusing on regulatory reform and reducing the regulatory burden for physicians and hospitals. The finalized 2019 IPPS rule makes adjustments to the four hospital pay-for-reporting and value-based purchasing quality programs.

The Proposed 2019 Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule

On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the proposed rule for the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP). The Agency has submitted a number of new proposals including a significant change in the way outpatient care is to be documented and compensated, adding new codes for services furnished using telemedicine, increasing the weight of the cost performance category in the merit based incentive payment system (MIPS)  to 15% and adding another category to the MIPS low volume threshold.

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