With the new calendar year, several CMS changes took effect, with more on the way. Here’s a roundup of changes CMS made or will make in 2021:
1. Removed 298 musculoskeletal-related services. By 2024, all 1,700 procedures on the inpatient-only list will be phased out, and will be allowed to be performed in the outpatient setting when clinically appropriate.
2. Made 11 additions to the list of procedures payable in the ASCs. Those are:
- CPT code 27130: Total hip arthroplasty
- 0266T: Implantation or replacement of carotid sinus baroreflex activation device; total system (includes generator placement, unilateral or bilateral lead placement, intra-operative interrogation, programming and repositioning, when performed)