Radiology Gets a Smaller Slice of the MPFS Pie

Gregory N Nicola, MD, FACR; Lauren P Golding, MD

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Appl Radiol. 2021;50(1):28-30. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Introduction

Payments to radiologists and imaging providers are frequent targets by legislatures and regulators as "pay for" cash pools to divert payments to other health services.[1–3] That bullseye hasn't seemed to budge, as demonstrated by the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule prescribing an estimated 11% reduction to radiology payments.[4] The history and mechanics of this payment reduction are worth exploring, as they may serve as a framework for additional payment reductions.

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