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Proposed Medicare 2017 Reimbursement Schedule Hits Biopsy Payments; Digital Pathology Payments Up

The Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2017 includes a 15% cut to the technical component for CPT 88305. In a nutshell, the Proposed MPFS for 2017 includes some significant cuts to technical reimbursement for several key pathology codes, while proposed reimbursement for most professional services is little changed. CMS is accepting comments on the Proposed MPFS through September 6, 2016. Final rates are expected to be announced in October and become effective January 1, 2017.