In August 2020, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that announces upcoming changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), beginning January 1, 2021. The 2021 proposed rule was intended to improve payments and decrease complexity for evaluation and management services, increase coverage for opioid use disorder treatments, and broaden telehealth service coverage. However, in order to compensate for the budgetary impact of these increases, which HHS is required to do, the rule implements a significant decrease in the value of other health care services. Unfortunately, payments to chiropractic physicians and other providers will be significantly reduced.
The Texas Chiropractic Association and Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners will defend the profession’s scope of practice tomorrow between 10:00AM and 1:00PM EST in front of the Texas Supreme Court. You can listen to the oral argument.