The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule for the 2007 Physician Schedule on November 1, 2006, which will soon be published in the Federal Register.

§      The final rule provides a 5% reduction in the 2007 Fee Schedule, which is just a slight change from the proposed 5.1% reduction proposed in August of 2006. 

§      The work component RVU for the intermediate office visit E & M Code will increase by 37%.

§      There will be a 25% reduction in the technical component for multiple imaging services rather than the original proposed 50% reduction.

§      Nuclear imaging services will be included as a Stark designated health service.

A link to the Physician Fee Schedule will be published as soon as it is posted.