AAOS Now, December 2014
CMS Releases 2015 Fee Schedule Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases its Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule each year, bringing with it changes to physician reimbursement and a variety of related programs. The final rule for year 2015 was released on Oct. 31, 2014, with changes to physician fees, Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the electronic health records (EHR) Meaningful Use program, and other quality and payment initiatives.
Midterm Elections Flip Senate, Shift Priorities
Although a handful of races are yet to be determined, Republicans have decidedly taken control of the U.S. Senate, extended their majority in the House of Representatives, and won a number of governor’s races that were considered toss-ups until the last minute. (See “State Races Will Impact Health Care.”) As of this writing, Alaska’s Democratic Senator Mark Begich had yet to concede, although Republican challenger Dan Sullivan led by more than 7,000 votes.