Philips Comments on Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

September 12, 2013


Philips Healthcare has submitted comments on Medicare’s proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2014. The rule will be finalized in November and go into effect January 1, 2014.


The Philips comments focused on the following areas:


  • The application of a new equipment utilization assumption on Medicare payment for MRI and CT services
  • The proposed Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System “cap” on practice-expense relative value units which would affect the technical payments for imaging and other services
  • Several ultrasound-related proposals
  • The proposed chronic care management codes
  • New radiation dose optimization measures
  • Proposed changes in coverage for IDE (Investigational Device Exemption) devices
  • Proposed changes in payment for nebulizers