Payment & Practice Management  |   February 2014
Constant Change
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Payment & Practice Management   |   February 2014
Constant Change
ASA Monitor 02 2014, Vol.78, 52-53.
ASA Monitor 02 2014, Vol.78, 52-53.
I write this as we await release of the Final Rule for the CY2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). Typically, this rule is made public in early November but was delayed this year due to the government shutdown in October 2013. The Final Rule is the venue in which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces new payment rates and policies for the upcoming year. Each year, specialty societies, physician practices and all other stakeholders eagerly review the information in the rule to determine how it will impact the ways that health care will be provided and paid under the new policies. In the coming days, ASA’s staff and physician leadership will analyze the 2014 Final Rule to determine how anesthesiologists can best adapt to a new payment rate, changes to the value of specific services, new requirements for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program and for the 2016 Value-Based Payment Modifier (VBPM).
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