Implications of 2018 Medicare Fee Schedule Proposed Rule For Nephrology
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Posted by: Diane Berg
On July 13 CMS released the proposed rule for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, and for the most part the news is good.
Nephrology has a 0% impact for 2018 putting the specialty right in the middle of all specialties.
The relative value units (RVUs) for all of the dialysis codes either hold steady or go up by a hundredth of an RVU point or two.
The conversion factor is increased from $35.88 to $35.99.
While CMS reaffirmed its position that the home dialysis codes are misvalued, a large-scale revaluation of those codes is not proposed.
CMS accepted RUC-recommended increases for the apheresis code family; RPA played a leadership role in the development of the RUC recommendations.
Read a detailed summary of the key provisions in the proposed rule on the RPA website.