CMS Makes Further Tweaks to the Medicare Anti-Markup Rule in the 2009

November 2008 BC Advantage

In the final 2008 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made dramatic changes to the Medicare anti-markup rule. Due to the controversial nature of several of the changes, on January 3, 2008, CMS announced a final rule that it would postpone the effective date of the newly revised anti-markup rule until January 1, 2009, except with respect to the rule's application to anatomic pathology services and the purchase of technical component services.

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