CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

On August 4, 2020, CMS placed on public display a proposed rule relating to the Medicare physician fee schedule for CY 2021 and other revisions to Medicare Part B policies. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the August 17, 2020, issue of the Federal Register. If finalized, policies in the proposed rule generally would take effect on January 1, 2021. The 60-day comment period ends at close of business on October 5, 2020. The final rule would normally be published by November 2, 2020, to allow for a 60-day delay in the effective date in accord with the Congressional Review Act. CMS is waiving the 60-day delay because of the COVID-19 public health emergency. CMS expects to provide a 30- day delay which means that the final rule would likely be published no later than December 2, 2020.