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Citing the pandemic, the Biden administration says it will open a special enrollment period (SEP) for Affordable Care Act exchange plans through May 15, 2021.
You can’t take short cuts when you recalculate revenue projections: In addition to the conversion factor upgrade, CMS has tweaked literally thousands of RVUs.
Circle April 21 on your calendar. That’s the new expiration date for the declaration of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) that has been in place since the determination made by HHS Secretary Alex Azar, II, Jan. 31, 2020.
 
Responding to a COVID-19 omnibus bill passed in late December, CMS revised the 2021 conversion factor that determines Part B fees to $34.89 -- a nearly 8% increase from the $32.41 rate that the agency had previously approved as part of its annual rulemaking.
 
Physicians can breathe a little easier going into 2021 – Congress has erased the deep Medicare fee cuts CMS laid out in the final 2021 physician fee schedule as an offset to higher E/M pay rates.

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