Research Outline

Changes in 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and OPPS


To understand the changes to the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS).

Early Findings

  • Physicians will see a virtually flat conversion factor, moving from $36.04 to $36.09.
  • There is an outpatient rule 2.6% payment update for hospitals.
  • The highest increases in total allowed charges are clinical psychologist (3%), clinical social worker (3%) and neurology (2%). The biggest decreases are ophthalmology (-4%), diagnostic testing facility (-2%) and optometry (-2%).
  • The schedule will also include the long-awaited "implementation of the long-awaited mandate requiring that clinicians consult appropriate use criteria through a qualified clinical decision support mechanism when ordering advanced imaging services."
  • CMS is now transitioning to reimbursement for principal care management instead of chronic care management.
  • The new OPPS strives to increase choice and encourage site neutrality.
  • "Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA), Knee Mosaicplasty, six additional coronary intervention procedures, and twelve procedures with new CPT codes to the ASC CPL." have been added to the covered procedures list for ASCs.