CMS final rule cuts cardiology reimbursements: 3 takeaways

Mariah Taylor | November 3, 2022

CMS issued its final rule for the 2023 Physician Fee Schedule, which provides both good and bad news for cardiologists.

“[It’s] a good news, bad news scenario. The good news is that the adjustments are less draconian than what had been initially proposed…. The bad news [is] reflective of just the entire process,” Edward Fry, MD, president of the Washington, D.C.-based American College of Cardiology, told TCTMD.

Here are three changes pertaining to cardiology from the final rule:

The conversion factor was cut from $34.61 to $33.06, which will lead to an estimated one percent cut in cardiology reimbursements.

Reimbursement for telehealth services will be extended at least five months following the end of the public health emergency.

Within electrophysiology, CMS will implement relative value units (RVUs) for supraventricular tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, and atrial fibrillation ablation that are a 3.7 percent cut compared to last year.

Source: Beckers Healthcare