December 8, 2022
ASHA's 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) resources for audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are now available on the Medicare outpatient payment webpage. The MPFS establishes Medicare Part B policies and payment rates for outpatient audiology and speech-language pathology services.
Significant policies addressed in this rule include—but are not limited to—negative payment adjustments applicable to all Medicare providers; a new provision that provides limited access to audiology services without a physician order; coding updates; telehealth services; quality reporting; and alternative payment models. The documents also provide 2023 national payment rates, as well as 2022 rates for comparison to help audiologists and SLPs estimate the impact of payment adjustments.
Most speech-language pathology services provided in hospital outpatient settings are also paid under the MPFS. However, a separate payment system—the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS)—applies to audiology services provided in hospital outpatient departments. ASHA will provide a separate analysis of the 2023 OPPS on the Medicare outpatient payment webpage next week.