AMA CPT® Assistant - 2010 Issue 1 (January)

Medicare Physician Payment Changes For 2010 (January 2010)

January 2010 pages 3-5 Medicare Physician Payment Changes For 2010 Conversion Factor As of December 17, 2009, Congress has passed legislation to apply a zero percent update to the conversion factor through February 28, 2010. The American Medical Association (AMA) is working on a permanent repeal of the subtainable growth rate (SGR). The AMA believes that annual short-term fixes to the annual conversion factor have exacerbated the problem. In 2005, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) indicated that freezing physician payments would cost $48.6 billion over 10 years, and now in 2009 the CBO estimates the cost at $210...

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