Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Today, CMS released the 2021 Restructured BETOS Classification System (RBCS) – a taxonomy that allows researchers to group healthcare service codes for Medicare Part B services into clinically meaningful categories and subcategories. The RBCS is an update to the Berenson-Eggers Type of Service (BETOS) classification system developed in the 1980s.

This update includes healthcare services over a 5-year period (2015-2019) and moves the time period forward one year by dropping the earliest year (2014) and adding the most recent year of data (2019). The 2021 RBCS accounts $1.1 trillion of Part B spending, which is an increase of $45 billion in total spending captured from 2020. Of this additional spending, nearly $5 billion came from new HCPCS codes.​

To access the RBCS, please visit the following website: https://data.cms.gov/provider-summary-by-type-of-service/provider-service-classifications/restructured-betos-classification-system.


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