November 18, 2022

ACR Releases Detailed Summary of 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) developed a detailed summary of the 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1. The summary details issues that impact radiology, including payment provisions related to the relative value unit (RVU) and conversion factor updates, and updates to the Quality Payment Program. The finalized changes take effect Jan. 1.

CMS estimates the overall impact of the MPFS proposed changes to radiology to be a 2% decrease, a 3% decrease for interventional radiology, a 2% decrease for nuclear medicine, and a 1% decrease for radiation oncology and radiation therapy centers. These impacts are slightly lower than the estimated impacts in the proposed rule due to CMS correcting a technical error in the calculation of many radiology malpractice RVUs.

The radiology-specific detailed summary and preliminary review of the proposed rule are also available on the ACR website. Please send questions about payment provisions to, or for questions about the Quality Payment Program.