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GAO Reports Physicians Who Self-Refer Anatomic Pathology Cost Medicare Millions

CAP Calls on Congress to Act Immediately
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2014 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Links Pathology Services to Hospital Outpatient Rates

July 9—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) advanced its efforts to reduce Medicare spending on physician pay by adjusting payment for codes it describes as mis-valued in the proposed rule for the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

The proposed rule contains payment and programmatic changes that will impact pathologists and laboratories as well as other specialties, with new values proposed for over 200 services covering all specialties. Chief among the changes for pathologists is CMS’ proposal to link payment for pathology services to the rates paid under Medicare’s hospital outpatient prospective payment system. Go to full story.

Practice Pathways Overview

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Promising Practice Pathways: Four practice pathways to help develop a vision for your particular practice in the coordinated care environment.