Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program: Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2009; E-Prescribing Exemption for Computer-Generated Facsimile Transmissions; and Payment for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS)
GAO-09-218R: Dec 4, 2008
- Full Report:
GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on payment policies under the physician fee schedule and other revisions to Part B for CY 2009 of the Medicare Program. GAO found that (1) the final rule implements changes to the physician fee schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services, finalizes the calendar year (CY) 2008 interim relative value units and issues interim RVUs for CY 2009, announces that the physician fee schedule update is 1.1 percent for CY 2009, the preliminary estimate for the sustainable growth rate fro CY 2009 is 7.4 percent, and the conversion factor for CY 2009 is $36.0666, and implements certain provisions of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008; and (2) with the exception of the delay in effective date, CMS complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.