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Top 8 Changes Medicare Payment Systems Will See In 2020

Top 8 Changes Medicare Payment Systems Will See In 2020


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing 8 major changes this year to the Medicare payment systems, according to Becker’s ASC Review (2019). A majority of these changes come from the organization’s 2020 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and ASC Payment System Final Rule (CMS, 2019). Other changes were due to the finalization of the CY 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (CMS, 2019).

Here’s a brief description of the changes (follow the links for in-depth information):

  1. CMS UpdatesA site-neutral payment policy, as well as a total knee arthroplasty, was added for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) (Becker’s ASC Review, 2019). The knee replacement procedure is now applicable for Medicare payment.
  2. A total of 6 spinal operations were taken off the inpatient-only list (Becker’s ASC Review, 2019) and are now eligible for Medicare payment in both the hospital outpatient and inpatient settings.
  3. Several angioplasty and stenting procedures will be paid for in the ASC setting since the beginning of 2020 (Becker’s ASC Review, 2019).
  4. The reporting requirements of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) underwent changes to simplify the rules for providers (Becker’s ASC Review, 2019).
  5. Starting in January 2021, all U.S. hospitals are required to publicly report the standard prices and information, according to the finalized price transparency policy (Becker’s ASC Review, 2019) for Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).
  6. Due to fee schedule updates, the privileges of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) in ASCs have been expanded to allow them to “perform the anesthetic risk and evaluation on the patient they are anesthetizing,” according to Becker’s ASC Review (2019). Payments will also be extended to CRNAs.
  7. The E/M coding requirements were modified to match those enforced by the American Medical Association CPT Editorial Panel for Office and Outpatient E/M visits (Becker’s ASC Review, 2019).
  8. Treatments and programs for opioid-use disorder will be covered under the CMS 2020 physician fee schedule (Becker’s ASC Review, 2019).

Visit for complete details about each change. For more information about the Medicare Advantage program, view our previous articles “HCC Medicare Advantage Background and Overview” and “HCC Chronic Conditions and M.E.A.T. Criteria.”

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