The 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) published on July 13th includes several important proposed rules:

  1. CMS proposes to eliminate the use of all consultation codes which are typically billed by specialists and are paid at a higher rate than equivalent evaluation and management (E/M) services. If this elimination becomes a final rule, practitioners would use existing E/M service codes when providing consultation services.
  2. CMS proposes to mandate accreditation for any provider of the technical component of imaging services beginning January 1, 2012.

If you disagree with any portion of the proposed rules, comments to CMS must be received by August 31, 2009. You may submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov/. Follow the instructions under the ‘‘More Search Options’’ tab. You may mail written comments to the following address: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS–1413–P, P.O. Box 8013, Baltimore, MD 21244–8013. Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period.