US Oncology Comments to CMS on 2011 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
On Tuesday, August 24, US Oncology submitted comments to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) relative to the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.
US Oncology strongly supports implementing the Medical Economic Index (MEI) update to practice expense and malpractice values as proposed by CMS, which will ensure that all of the major cost-based components of the fee schedule methodology will be tied to contemporaneous data. The comments also express concern about the potential unintended consequences of CMS' proposal to prohibit the use of intentional overfill, including the potential to unnecessarily and significantly increase Medicare and Medicare beneficiary drug spending.
It is expected that CMS will publish a final rule on or around November 1, 2010.
To review the full comment submitted on Monday, August 24, 2010 to CMS click here.