In response to advocacy efforts, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) delayed the application of the expanded anti-markup rule that is published in the 2008 final physician fee schedule. The rule was to take effect January 1, 2008, and will now be implemented January 1, 2009.
According to the American Medical Association (AMA), the rule would have expanded the Medicare payment rule refereed to as the anti-markup rule. In its current form, the anti-markup rule limits the payment a physician can receive for the technical component (TC) of services the physician purchases from an outside supplier. In is expanded form, the new CMS rule would have applied the same payment limitations to the professional component (PC) of purchased diagnostic tests, as well as to the TC and PC of services performed by employees of physicians or group practices if the services are performed outside of the office of the physician or group practice.
More information on the anti-markup rule will be communicated to members as it becomes available. Contact Ted Thurn, AASM Senior Health Policy and Governmental Affairs Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 492-0930 with questions or for more information.