CMS published the final rule containing the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2009 on November 19, 2008. Included in the final rule are:
1. Confirmation of the 1.1% Physician Fee Schedule increase for 2009.
2. Designated Health Service list for 2009 for Stark/Physician Self-Referral purposes.
3. Final performance standards for Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities to be effective January 1, 2009.
4. Anti-Markup Provisions.
I will be posting separate explanations of the IDTF and Anti-Markup rules next week.