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Providers say they’ll campaign against cuts to colonoscopy payments
Modern Healthcare

Providers say the CMS cut colonoscopy Medicare reimbursement without taking into account their data-driven evidence of patient impact. In the finalized CY 2016 Physician Fee Schedule rule, released Friday, the CMS cut reimbursement for several colonoscopy codes, some by as much as 17%. Gastroenterologists are outraged, despite the cuts being less than the 20% proposed by the agency. The CMS originally proposed a 20% cut to the procedures, which the federal agency argued should be paid at a lower rate similar to less time-intensive tests.