Fiscal Cliff Legislation Adjusts ESRD Payment Bundle To Help Offset Doc Fix
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
In legislation passed by both chambers of Congress Jan. 1, the cost of a one-year reprieve from sharp cuts to Medicare physician payments, scheduled to begin in 2013, would be offset by a reduction in Medicare’s bundled payment for end-stage renal disease. The reduced payment would take into account a drop in the use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents observed over the last several years.
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CMS was directed by the American Taxpayer Relief Act to “rebase” the ESRD payment level by re-calculating the use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents and other infused or injectable therapies.