Jan 14, 2010

Medicare Fee Schedule Still Stings

Congress delayed for two months the 21.2-percent cut in Medicare payments to physicians that was supposed to take effect Jan. 1, but other elements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2010 Physician Fee Schedule still affect your practice.

Congress' action in December did not prevent CMS from ending payment for consultation codes. CMS no longer pays physicians for consultations using the CPT consultation codes. The consultation codes comprise 99241-99244 for office or other outpatient consultations and 99251-99255 for inpatient consultations. To offset the change in billing for consultation codes, CMS increased the fees for most evaluation and management (E&M) codes and global billing codes.

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