Health Care Financing Administration:

Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2000

OGC-00-9: Published: Nov 15, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1999.


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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) new rule on Medicare Program revisions to payment policies under the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2000. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would make several changes affecting Medicare Part B payment; (2) the changes include, among others, implementation of resource-based malpractice insurance relative value units (RVU), refinement of resource-based practice expense RVUs, and payment for physician pathology and independent laboratory services; and (3) HCFA complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

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