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Medicare RBRVS Physicians’ Guide & CMS Correction Notices

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The Medicare RBRVS: The Physicians' Guide 2016 is a comprehensive reference manual for professional coders, physicians and office staff to use in answering particular questions about the resource-based relative value scale (RBRVS) system.

In addition to providing detailed background information and explaining all the features of the Medicare physician payment system, The Physicians' Guide provides quick access to relative values by CPT® code, geographic practice cost indices, explanation of payment rules for surgical packages and a summary and history of payment reform.

To obtain a copy of this publication, please call the AMA's order department at (800) 621-8335 or order online.

Order Number: OP059616

CMS Correction Notice for 2016

Periodically CMS issues correction notices that update information contained in the Final Rule. Links to correction notices are listed below.

On Jan. 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an emergency update to the CY 2016 Medicare Physician Payment schedule due to the implementation of a technical correction. This correction, which was applied retroactively to Jan. 1, 2016, resulted in mostly minor updates to the Practice Expense Relative Value Units for many services and a change of the 2016 Medicare conversion factor to $35.8043.

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