Physicians face Medicare cliff

By Mary Ann Porucznik and Matthew Twetten

Proposed 2012 physician fee schedule includes 29.5 percent payment cuts

On July 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two proposed rules for 2012 payments under Medicare. The first covered payment policies and rates for physicians and nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) for services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) in calendar year (CY) 2012; the second covered the 2012 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS).

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