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ALERT: The 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Released

Jul 29, 2019

Today, July 29, 2019, the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule was released. Your Academy is currently reviewing the rule to understand the impact to physiatry. Specifically, we are looking for details related to:

  • New codes for genicular and sacroiliac joint injection and destruction as well as changes to the injection code family that could have implications for the specialty
  • New codes for needle insertion without injection (dry needling).
  • Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes.  Per the 2019 MPFS, documentation and payment changes are set to take effect in 2021. AAPM&R, along with many of the specialty societies and the American Medical Association, has urged CMS to reconsider these changes.  The proposed rule may indicate if CMS is taking these recommendations into consideration.

An update will be sent to AAPM&R members via email very soon. Information will also be posted on