TAKE ACTION TODAY! Medicare Proposed Cuts to Chiropractic
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would make changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for 2021. When making changes, HHS is required to achieve budget neutrality which means for any increase there must be a decrease elsewhere. Therefore, under this rule, some codes received increases and others were significantly reduced.
The proposed fee schedule devalues the codes for spinal manipulation, the only service Medicare covers for chiropractic physicians.
Without intervention, this proposal will result in a 19.54% cut to chiropractic physicians’ Medicare payments. Drastic cuts are difficult during normal times, let alone during a pandemic.
These cuts cause greater barriers to patients. Patients need more access to chiropractic care, not more barriers to care.
More information can be found about the rule here.