November 3, 2017 —
CMS Issues Final Rules for 2018
Final rules on Medicare for 2018 include the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP). This is a preliminary summary of how the rules affect nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. There are some tweaks, but no major surprises or changes. For example, the mandate that referring physician consult Appropriate Use Criteria (AUCs) is pushed back from 2018 to 2020.