On Aug. 3, 2020 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year (CY) 2020 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) proposed rule. The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) has put together a detailed summary with the pertinent radiology updates.
CMS is waiving the 60-day delay due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Typically, the final rule would be published in early November to allow for a 60-day delay in the effective date in accordance with the Congressional Review Act. CMS expects to provide a 30-day delay in the effective date of the final rule, which means that it would likely be published no later than Dec. 2, 2020. The finalized changes are effective Jan. 1, 2021.
The ACR HOPPS Committee and staff will review these changes and will draft comments during the 60-day comment period. Those comments are due to CMS by Oct. 5, 2020.