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2019 Medicare Fee Schedule

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2019 Medicare Fee Schedule

Medicare sets a fee schedule for all service codes. These fees are called regulated fees, meaning that you must abide by these fees for all Medicare patients. They are usually updated annually according to algorithms assigned by the governing law.

There are only three procedure codes for chiropractors that are covered by Medicare and are subject to this fee schedule. See the example below* for a sample layout of fees and their relationship to one another.

2019 Revised Medicare Part B Fee Schedule for Some State-effective 1/1/2019

Place of Service CPT Code Par Fee Non-Par Fee Limiting Charge
Reg. 98940 25.30 24.00 27.65
Facility 98940 20.15 19.10 22.00
Reg. 98941 35.10 33.50 38.75
Facility 98941 29.50 28.00 32.50
Reg. 98942 45.10 43.00 49.25
Facility 98942 39.20 37.25 42.85

*This is not an actual fee schedule

Important Definitions

The following definitions explain the fees that may apply to your office.

Term Definition
Facility The fee schedule used for services rendered in a hospital or other facility when that facility is participating in billing
Reg. The fee schedule used when services are rendered any place other than a facility (e.g., your office)
Par Fee The amount Medicare approves and pays 80% of for participating providers
Non-Par Fee The amount Medicare approves and pays 80% of for nonparticipating providers. (This is usually paid to the patient because the services are unassigned. If you accept assignment on a claim as a nonparticipating provider, this is the maximum amount you can charge the Medicare patient. You will be paid 80% of this amount by Medicare.)
Limiting Charge The maximum amount a nonparticipating provider can charge for an unassigned service. It is 115% of the non-par allowable fee. This charge does not apply to participating providers or to nonparticipating providers when they accept assignment on a claim.

Mandatory Fee Reductions

In the past, participating providers had to take into consideration a possible fee reduction based on Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and other incentive programs. All of these programs have been replaced with MIPS and are now part of the Quality Payment Programs (QPP). If you are wondering if your fees will be reduced based on mandatory reporting requirements, simply check out the QPP site. Your status can be found here by entering your NPI.

Participating Providers may be subject to mandatory fee reductions if they exceeded the low volume thresh-hold reporting requirements and failed to report. These negative adjustments must be written off and cannot be passed along to the patient as an additional charge.

Nonparticipating Providers Accepting Assignment who were required and failed to report MIPS should anticipate a reduction in fees. Your status can be found here by entering your NPI.

Nonparticipating Providers Not Accepting Assignment will NOT have the MIPS payment adjustment applied starting with the 2019 MIPS payment year. According to the Federal Register/ Vol 83, No 226 November 23, 2018 Page 436 of 852“MIPS payment adjustment does not apply for non-assigned claims for non-participating clinicians.”

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I want to thank you for your expertise and time spent educating and assisting our company, Harmony Healthcare, Ltd. with regards to becoming more HIPAA compliant so that we can better serve our clientele. In our current times, the safety and protection of personal information is of high importance and concern and we are blessed to have KMC be our expert guide. We appreciate you and your team!

Stuart C Hui, Harmony Healthcare, Ltd.