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Here are Part B News’ predictions for the new year, with input from industry experts and more than 110 readers.
Part B News hit the target on some predictions but missed on others. Here are the results from the forecasts we made in 2014.
Acquisition experts agreed a slight downturn in buying activity will occur in the new year, though regional markets may vary, new kinds of buyers will emerge and certain types of practices — for example, primary care practices — have great chances for getting picked up.
Almost 35% of practices with more than 20 physicians will attest to stage 2 meaningful use for 2014 and plan to achieve the same requirements in the new year. That number is lower — 30.9% — for practices with 20 or fewer physicians, according to 114 respondents to Part B News’ 2015 predictions survey.
by: DecisionHealth Staff
Don't use the pricing files you pulled from your Medicare administrative contractor (MAC) at the end of the year and prepare for a hold on claims. Thanks to last-minute revisions to the 2015 conversion factor and relative value units (RVUs), MACs will hold your claims for the first 14 days of 2015 and you may not know the fees for your services until Jan. 20 at the latest.
Here are the 2015 Medicare national allowable fees (not adjusted for locality) for 2015, based on revised RVUs and conversion factor released by CMS on Dec. 30, 2014. 


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