July 08, 2015
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released an 815-page proposed physician payment rule for 2016. Unlike most recent years, interventional/invasive cardiologists aren’t threatened by massive SGR-related fee cuts. Effective, January 1, average payments will actually be up 1% over the rates at the beginning of 2015. In very good news for the specialty Medicare followed SCAI's recommendations by proposing to pay 25 work RVUs for Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Implantation (TPVI) procedures in 2016 which should result in average Medicare fees of about $1,100.