CMS Physician Fee Schedule CY 2021 Proposed Rule Released

CY 2021 PFS Ratesetting and Conversion Factor

With the budget neutrality adjustment to account for changes in Resource Value Units (RVUs), CMS reports the proposed CY 2021 PFS conversion factor is $32.26, a decrease of $3.83 from the CY 2020 PFS conversion factor of $36.09.  CMS’ increases in RVU for Evaluation and Management (E/M) services codes in CY 2020 final rule are to take effect 1/1/2021. These increases are a positive for primary care physicians and some physical therapy and occupational therapy evaluation codes. However, the significant cuts to frequently used therapy intervention codes result in an overall 7-9% decrease in reimbursement for therapy services. CMS proposes these cuts to therapy as well as other critical care provisions in order to meet the budget neutrality requirements.

Advocacy efforts are underway to #fightthecut and protect our beneficiaries’ access to therapy, especially during this health care emergency.

Contact your congressman through your respective association below:

NASL

APTA

AOTA

ASHA

Additionally, comments can be sent directly to CMS here by October 5, 2020.

Medicare Telehealth

CMS is proposing to make permanent some telehealth provisions related to physician visits that have been extended as part of the public health emergency. Currently, a finite list of therapy services is reimbursable when provided via telehealth for as long as the public health emergency exists, and there is no proposal to make these therapy telehealth provisions permanent.

CLICK HERE to view the Physician Fee Schedule CY 2021 Proposed Rule.

CLICK HERE to view the Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Fact Sheet.

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