President Signs Medicare Physician Fee Schedule/SGR Patch with Numerous Health Policy Provisions

In This Issue:

- One-Year Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Fix

- Valuation of Services Under the Physician Fee Schedule

- ICD-10 Delay; LTCH Moratorium to Become Effective Immediately

- Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) “Value-Based Purchasing”

- Medicare Policies for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests

- Computed Tomography Policy

- Appropriate Use Criteria for Outpatient Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Services

- Disclosure of Data Used to Establish the Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction Policy; Limitation on “Two-Midnight Rule” Enforcement

- Extension of Medicare Expiring Provisions; Extension of Other Expiring Health Policy Provisions

- Revisions to the Medicare ESRD PPS

- Medicaid DSH Payments; 2024 Medicare Sequestration Cuts

- Delay of Medicaid Third-Party Liability Reforms

- Elimination of Limitation on Deductibles for Employer-Sponsored Health Plans; Mental Health Provisions

- Excerpt from One-Year Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Fix:

The final Medicare physician fee schedule rule for 2014, which was published on December 10, 2013, called for a significant reduction in the MPFS update for 2014, largely as a result of the statutory SGR formula. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that if implemented, the final rule would result in a 23.7 percent cut in physician payments for 2014. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 temporarily blocked the SGR cut and replaced it with a 0.5 percent increase for services provided through March 31, 2014.

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Topics:  Barack Obama, Long-Term Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Physician Fee Schedule, SNF

Published In: Health Updates

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