AMA CPT® Assistant - 1996 Issue 12 (December)

1997 Medicare Payment Policy Changes Affecting Coding (December 1996)

December 1996 pages 1-4 1997 Medicare Payment Policy Changes Affecting Coding On November 22, 1996, HCFA (the Health Care Financing Administration) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule, which contained the 1997 Medicare physician payment schedule, the 1997 relative value units, and several payment policy changes. This Federal Register also announced the 1997 conversion factors (see table on page 2). The Final Rule represents the completion of Medicare's first comprehensive five-year review of the RBRVS. The results indicate that the five-year review was very successful in addressing many of the long-standing concerns about the accuracy of the relative...

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