Great news for SVU!

By Kelly Byrnes, FSVU, RVT, BS posted Fri November 22, 2019 02:20:04 PM


2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Here is a summary on the Final Rules recently released by CMS. They contain great news for SVU! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to recognize  the hard work being done by the SVU staff, Board of Directors, Advocacy team, regulatory counsel (Bill Sarraille) and our partnership organizations to secure reimbursement. Thank you for all you do for our profession and members alike!

As always, feel free to reach out to me directly or post questions/comments on Uconnect. 

CMS Final APC Placement for New CPT Codes

As proposed, CMS finalized splitting predecessor code G0365 into two separate codes: 93985 (proposed as 93X00 as a placeholder) and 93986 (proposed as 93X01 as a placeholder). Although CMS proposed placing both new codes in Level 2 5522, CMS ended up finalizing the following APC assignments: 93985 (placeholder 93X00) in Level 3 5523, and 93986 (placeholder 93X001) in Level 2 5522.

CPT code and APC placement

Imaging APCs

CMS did not propose any changes to the APC structure for imaging codes. The majority of our codes fall in these 2 APCs.

* Procedure or service, not discounted when multiple; Paid under OPPS; separate APC payment

Physician Fee Schedule

CMS released the final PFS rule November 1, and it contains great news for SVU! CMS finalized the ultrasound room price increase as drafted in the proposed rule. This means that CMS finalized the price increase for EL016 (Vascular ultrasound room) from $466,492 to $470,912 for CY 2020, with a price phase up to $479,753 by 2022.