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CMS Issues Final CY2016 Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Rule

Posted on 10/30/2015 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two final rules that NTOCC has commented on earlier in the year. The first updates payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2016, and the second is regarding the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs.

With regards to the “two-midnights” rule, CMS finalizes changes to the rule while dialing back the enforcement.  It still finalizes a 0.2 percent payment reduction linked to the “two-midnights” rule. For the first time, the Physician Fee Schedule rule finalizes advance care directives. Many of NTOCC’s suggestions in the Physician Fee Schedule were noted for consideration in next year’s rule, but NTOCC will continue to review the request and send an update with a full summary CMS’s responses to our comments. 

The Physician Fee Schedule rule can be viewed here and the Hospital rule can be viewed here.

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