The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule with comment period that updates payment policies and rates for physicians and nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) in calendar year (CY) 2012.
Most Medicare beneficiaries will not see a Part B monthly premium increase as a result of a “hold harmless” provision in the current law. This allows for 73 percent of beneficiaries to be protected from an increase raising the 2010 Part B monthly premiums from $96.40 to $110.50.
Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare health and prescription drug plans will continue to have a wide range of plan options in 2010, and those beneficiaries who decide to change plans should find choosing a new plan simpler than in previous years.
Hospitals would be able to bill Medicare for pulmonary and intensive cardiac rehabilitation services furnished in outpatient departments beginning January 1, 2010 under a proposed rule issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
As part of its ongoing efforts to modernize Medicare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed new benefits to help Medicare beneficiaries stay healthier and get better access to important preventive medical services, as well as to implement an across the board 1.5 percent increase in payment rates for physicians taking care of Medicare beneficiaries.