Telehealth Coding Extension and 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
Telehealth Coding ExtensionEffective January 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Secretary Azar has extended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration effective Jan. 21, 2021 for an additional 90 days. This means that all of the telehealth and other waivers and flexibilities that have been implemented during the PHE will remain in effect until at least April 21, 2021.
2021 Medicare Physician Fee ScheduleOn December 27th, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, modified the Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).
- Providing a 3.75% increase in MPFS payments for CY 2021
- Suspended the 2% payment adjustment (sequestration) through March 31, 2021
- Reinstating the 1.0 floor on the work Geographic Practice Cost Index through CY 2023
- Delaying implementation of the inherent complexity add-on code for evaluation and management services (G2211) until CY 2024