AAOS Now, December 2011
2012 MPFS presents problems for orthopaedics
Final rule recommends 27.4 percent reimbursement reduction, multiple RVU changes The 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Oct. 27, 2011, did not contain good news—especially for orthopaedists. True, the recommended 27.4 percent cut in reimbursement for services under the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula was less than the previous estimate of 29.
2011’s best and most-read articles AAOS Now has always been interested in presenting and reporting on the top orthopaedic news during the year, whether it’s positive, negative, or simply interesting. We’ve also tried to broaden our readers’ horizons by providing reading lists, such as the top 20 musculoskeletal articles, and book reviews.
No deal on deficit
As this issue of AAOS Now went to press, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction acknowledged that it failed to reach a bipartisan deficit reduction agreement. As a result, $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts to federal spending will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013. These cuts include a potential 2 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursements. Additionally, the failure to find a solution to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) means that physicians face a 27.