2012 Physician Fee Schedule from Medicare

The December Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons reports on the annually updated proposed payment rates form the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The following are discussed:

  • The 2012 calendar year fee schedule, despite application of the sustainable growth rate formula determined by congress, will likely result in lower physician payments.
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy and inguinal hernia repair are high-expenditure procedures for CMS, and are referred for review by the AMA Relative Value Scale Update Committee.
  • CMS proposes changes in the Physician Quality Reporting System and the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program.

Read the full article by Vinita Ollapally JD.

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