The final 2009 Medicare physician fee schedule rule (Final 2009 PFS) was made public October 30, 2008, and will be published in the Federal Register November 19, 2008. The proposed 2009 PFS was summarized in McDermott’s White Paper entitled “2009 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.” The Final 2009 PFS adopts a number of the original proposals, but did not adopt two of the most controversial proposed changes, which would have required certain physician practices to enroll in Medicare as independent diagnostic testing facilities (IDTFs) in order to provide diagnostic imaging services, and would have added a Stark Law exception for gainsharing. The Final 2009 PFS does, however, include substantial revisions to the diagnostic test anti-markup rule, and adopts many of the other provisions of the proposed rule. The AMR is also described in more detail in McDermott’s On the Subject “Diagnostic Test Anti-Markup Provisions.”
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