AMA CPT® Assistant - 1997 Issue 12 (December)

1997 Payment Policy Changes Affecting Coding (December 1997)

December 1997 pages 1-4 1997 Payment Policy Changes Affecting Coding On October 31, 1997, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) published in the Federal Register the Final Rule that contained the 1998 Medicare Physician Payment Schedule, the 1998 relative value units, and several payment policy changes. This Federal Register also announced the 1998 conversion factor. For the 1998 Medicare Fee schedule, HCFA is establishing or revising several HCPCS codes to report services that HCFA believes are not clearly described by existing CPT codes. This is planned as a temporary measure until HCFA can refer these codes to the CPT...

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