CMS is proposing a significant shift in payments from procedures and to evaluation and management services for 2021. If implemented, fees for most procedures will drop about 9% while payments for evaluation and management services will increase by up to 14%. A chart showing how the top 10 services provided by interventional cardiologists may be affected if the proposal is implemented. SCAI is already working with a coalition to have Congress override the reductions for procedures.
Under this proposal, cardiac surgeonâ€™s average fees will go down 10% and family practiceâ€™s will go up 13%.