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The payroll tax extension legislation that was passed by
Congress and signed by the President on Dec. 23, 2011 (Public Law
112-078) delayed the 27.4% Medicare pay cut due to the SGR formula
for two months. It also extended the floor on the work geographic
practice cost index (GPCI) and certain other policies. However, all
of the other changes that were included in the Medicare physician
payment final rule for 2012 will still take effect. Some of the
scheduled changes will affect physician payment rates. The changes
were made in the relative value units, geographic practice cost
indices (GPCIs), electronic prescribing and quality reporting
programs, and multiple procedure payment rules for 2012 - and
became effective January 1, 2012.
In addition, although P.L. 112-078 provided for a zero percent
update to the Medicare conversion factor, the final rule indicated
that there would be a 0.18% increase in the conversion factor for
budget neutrality and this change will also be effective Jan. 1,
2012. The budget neutrality increase is due to CMS adoption of the
RVS Update Committee recommendations for misvalued codes. The 2011
conversion factor was $33.9764. The 2012 conversion factor
will be $34.0376.
CMS also indicated that because Congress acted so late in 2011
to prevent the SGR cut, claims must still be held for a period of
time to allow CMS time to develop the new payment rate files and
the Medicare claims administration contractors time to install and
test the files. CMS expects that most, if not all, contractors will
be ready to process claims under the revised rates on or before
Jan. 18, 2012, which is the end of the 10-business-day claims hold
period previously announced. However, some contractors' time frames
may differ. CMS expects contractors to have the new rates posted to
their web sites by Jan. 11, 2012.
Finally, CMS published in the Jan. 4, 2012, Federal Register a
notice to the 2012 final rule that modifies the relative values
for a number of services. The agency also posted to its web site a
revised relative value file reflecting both the corrections and
the legislation that stopped the 27.4% cut.
A detailed summary of the 2012 fee schedule changes is available
ACP Practice Management web site.