AAPM&R Memo on DMEPOS Final Rule

Members & Publications

February 25, 2022

On December 28, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule implementing various outstanding proposals related to the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) benefit and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) policies. The rule finalizes several provisions that had initially been proposed in 2020 but, unlike prior years, a DMEPOS final rule was not issued in 2020 due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and other delays within CMS. The full text of the rule can be found here, and a CMS fact sheet summarizing the major provisions in the rule can be found here. Link to an AAPM&R memo can be found here.

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.