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CMS announced Friday that Medicare FFS claims with dates-of-service or dates-of-discharge on or after April 1, 2013, will incur a 2% reduction in Medicare payment. Claims for durable medical equipment (DME), prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies, including claims under the DME Competitive Bidding Program, will be reduced by 2% based upon whether the date-of-service, or the start date for rental equipment or multi-day supplies, is on or after April 1, 2013. The claims payment adjustment shall be applied to all claims after determining coinsurance, any applicable deductible, and any applicable Medicare Secondary Payment adjustments. Though beneficiary payments for deductibles and coinsurance are not subject to the 2% payment reduction, Medicare’s payment to beneficiaries for unassigned claims is subject to the 2% reduction. CMS encourages Medicare physicians, practitioners, and suppliers who bill claims on an unassigned basis to discuss with beneficiaries the impact of sequestration on Medicare’s reimbursement. Questions about reimbursement should be directed to your Medicare claims administration (MAC) contractor.
The 2% reduction will occur on claims paid as of April 1. On a $100 allowable, CMS pays the 80%, less the 2% = 78%, while patient balance is still $20 (or 20%).
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