CMS Proposes Payment, Policy Changes for Physicians’ Services in 2009

the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed new efforts to promote access to higher quality and more efficient health care delivered by the nation’s physicians to people with Medicare under the 2009 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).

The MPFS was created by Congress and is updated annually to set the Medicare payment rates for more than 980,000 physicians and nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) who bill Medicare for the services they furnish to beneficiaries.

Under a formula in the Medicare statute, CMS is required to reduce 2009 Physician Fee Schedule by 5.4 percent.  Total Medicare spending under the 2009 Physician Fee Schedule is projected at $54 billion, down 5 percent from the $57 billion projected for 2008.

Source:Department of Health & Human Services

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