CMS Announces Final Rules for Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Medicare Payment Rates

Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Quality Payment Program Final Rule (CMS 1715-F)
CMS finalized major policy changes that implement key provisions of President Trump’s Executive Order on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors that will reduce clinical burden, ensure appropriate payment for clinicians, and enable them to provide their patients with high quality care. This final rule builds on the Trump Administration’s and CMS’s efforts to secure and improve Medicare and establish a patient-driven healthcare system that focuses on improving health outcomes. It is projected to save $2.3 million hours in burden reduction per year.

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Calendar Year (CY) 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Expands Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (CMS-1715-F)
As a part of the Administration’s continued efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is implementing policies to expand access to opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment services furnished by opioid treatment programs (OTPs). Opioid treatment programs treat individuals with OUD using medication and other services. This new Medicare Part B benefit was mandated under the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act that President Trump signed into law on Oct. 24, 2018.

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CY 2020 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Final Rule (CMS-1717-FC)
CMS finalized policies that are consistent with the directives in President Trump’s Executive Order, entitled “Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors,” that aims to increase choices, encourage medical innovation, empower patients, and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse to protect seniors and taxpayers.

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