AMA CPT® Assistant - 2012 Issue 1 (January)

2012 Medicare Physician Payment Changes (January 2012)

January 2012 pages 3-5 2012 Medicare Physician Payment Changes This article summarizes the major issues and changes in physician payments from Medicare for 2012. 2012 Conversion Factor In November 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the 2012 Medicare conversion factor will be $24.6712. If the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) is implemented in 2012, the impact on physician payments will be a 27.4% reduction. At the time of publication, the American Medical Association (AMA) continues to urge Congress to replace the 27.4% reduction to the Medicare conversion factor with a positive update...

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