Proposed 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule for top 10 Anesthesia & Pain codes

The proposed 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule contains a 27% pay cut for the top 10 anesthesia codes. The following chart provides a snapshot of how the reimbursement for anesthesia and pain management practices will be effected in 2013 for 10 of the most commonly billed codes unless Congress takes action to halt the pay cut.

The codes were selected based on the most recent utilization data for anesthesia and pain management specialists. The fees shown are for services performed by a participating physician in a non-facility setting. They have not been adjusted for locality.

Code

Description

2012   Fee

2013   Fee

20610

Drain/inject joint/bursa

$69.78

$50.58

27096

S/I Joint Injection

$171.55

$124.34

62310

Inject spine cervical/thoracic

$246.77

$178.87

64483

Inj foramen epidural l/s

$242.01

$175.41

64493

Inj paravert f  jnt l/s 1 level

$181.08

$131.25

77003

Fluoroscopic guidance

$64.67

$46.88

99203

Office visit – new patient

$105.18

$76.23

99204

Office/outpatient visit new

$160.66

$116.45

99213

Office/outpatient visit est

$70.46

$51.07

99214

Office/outpatient visit est

$104.16

$75.49

Comments

2 Responses to “Proposed 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule for top 10 Anesthesia & Pain codes”
  1. dr.doddapaneni says:

    Worse than socialism,
    we should cut for all, politicians, lawers, Wall st, etc=let us be a socialist country, like Russia under Breznov.

    To survive, as md, after 16 years of wasted life, shame, easy to make this much as cab driver, or selling hot dogs , in newyork.
    Most doctors in usa are stressed out except few crooks,
    Most specialists in third world, like Asia, in private practice makes more than most of us.

    getting sickker, middleman is stealing from doctors plate, Insurance agents, Hmo managers, hospital administrators are the main succkers of this scam.

  2. dr.doddapaneni says:

    Send your smart kids to massage schools in china, or, body mind schools in california.It seems, Our population dont deserve good medicine, or true doctors.
    Shame, 99203 for an md=less than what you pay for illegal massauer in newyork.

    62310, 62311+ needs 8 years of med school, and residency,

    Shame , paying less than a hooker, or legal escorts, What are we, MD=mindless doods.