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Medicare OPPS Advisory Panel to Meet August 19-20, 2019

The annual Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment meeting will be held on August 19-20, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced.  The Panel is charged with advising CMS on outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) ambulatory payment classification clinical integrity and weights, along with hospital outpatient therapeutic services supervision issues.  The deadline for … Continue Reading

Medicare OPPS Advisory Panel to Meet August 21-22, 2017

CMS is holding its annual Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment meeting on August 21-22 2017.  The purpose of the Panel is to advise HHS and CMS on ambulatory payment classification (APC) clinical integrity and weights and hospital outpatient therapeutic services supervision issues.  Topics that may be considered during the meeting include: Whether procedures within … Continue Reading

CMS Releases Standardized Hospital Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice Form

Hospitals are facing a March 8, 2017 deadline to begin using the new Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) to inform Medicare beneficiaries when they are outpatients receiving observation services and not inpatients of the hospital.  The notice is required by the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act). … Continue Reading

Medicare, Medicaid Payment Policies, Fraud Authorities Enacted as Part of 21st Century Cures Act

Included in the 21st Century Cures Act are numerous changes to Medicare and Medicaid policies, including provisions with significant reimbursement impacts for certain types of Medicare providers and suppliers, along with changes intended to reduce the regulatory and administrative burdens associated with the use of electronic health records.  Furthermore, the law once again expands the … Continue Reading

CMS Finalizes Medicare OPPS, ASC Rates and Policies for 2017

CMS has published its final rule with comment period updating the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System rates and policies for CY 2017.  CMS will accept comments on a limited number of provisions until December 31, 2016. Major provisions impacting outpatient hospital department services include the … Continue Reading

CMS Proposes Update to Medicare OPPS, ASC Rates and Policies for 2017

CMS has published its proposed rule to update the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System rates and policies for CY 2017. CMS proposes a 1.55% OPPS update, reflecting a 2.8% market basket increase, which is partly offset by a -0.5% multifactor productivity (MFP) adjustment and an … Continue Reading

OIG Identifies Continued Vulnerabilities in Medicare Provider-Based Facility Payment Policy

A new OIG report examines CMS’s oversight of Medicare billing by provider-based facilities – that is, facilities that operate under the ownership, administrative, and financial control of a hospital and meet other requirements, and that bill as an outpatient department of the hospital rather than a freestanding facility. The OIG observes that Medicare payments under … Continue Reading

House Approves “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016”

The House of Representatives has approved H.R. 5273, the “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016,” as amended by the Ways and Means Committee in May. As previously reported, while the bill focuses on Medicare payment policies pertaining to hospitals (including long term care hospitals and hospital outpatient departments), it also addresses Medicare Advantage … Continue Reading

Ways and Means Committee Approves Bill to Make Reforms to Medicare Hospital and Other Payment Policies

The House Ways and Means Committee has approved an amended version of H.R. 5273, the “Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016.”  While most of the provisions address Medicare payment policies pertaining to hospitals (including long term care hospitals (LTCHs) and hospital outpatient departments), certain other reimbursement policies, including Medicare Advantage and physician payment … Continue Reading

House Energy & Commerce Committee Seeks Comments on Medicare Site-Neutral Payment Policies

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is seeking input on Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which established a site-neutral payment policy for newly-acquired, provider-based, off campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) after November 2, 2016.  In an open letter to the health care community, the Committee explains the origins of the policy, … Continue Reading

GAO Recommends Equalizing Payment for Evaluation & Management Visits

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report examining trends in “vertical consolidation” — hospital acquisition of physician practices or hiring of physicians as salaried employees – and the impact on Medicare spending. According to the GAO, the number of vertically consolidated hospitals increased from about 1,400 to 1,700 from 2007 through 2013, while … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Budget Law Extends Medicare Sequestration, Includes Medicaid Drug Rebate, Off-Campus Hospital Outpatient Department, CMP Inflation Policies

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 1314, the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015” (BBA).  The two-year, $80 billion budget/debt-ceiling deal is funded in part by several significant Medicare and Medicaid policies, including an extension of Medicare sequestration, changes to Medicare payment for services provided in “new” off-campus hospital outpatient departments (OPDs), … Continue Reading

OIG Policy Statement Outlines Conditions Under Which Hospitals May Waive Beneficiary Copayments for Outpatient Self-Administered Drugs

The OIG has issued a policy statement clarifying the conditions under which hospitals may discount or waive Medicare beneficiary copayment amounts for self-administered drugs (SADs) received in outpatient settings without running afoul of OIG fraud authorities. In particular, the OIG addressed questions that have arisen from a 2003 CMS statement that a hospital’s decision not … Continue Reading

Pending Budget Deal Includes Medicare Sequestration Extension, Other Medicare/Medicaid Cuts

Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and the Obama Administration have reached agreement on a two-year, $80 billion budget/debt-ceiling deal that includes Medicare and Medicaid “offsets” to finance other spending. For instance, while the budget would provide $80 billion in discretionary spending sequestration relief over two years, it would extend Medicare sequestration for an additional year, … Continue Reading

President Signs Hospital Outpatient Observation Status “Notice” Act

On August 6, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 876, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act.  The new law requires hospitals to provide written and oral notification to Medicare beneficiaries receiving observation status for more than 24 hours, rather than admitted as inpatients, beginning 12 months after the date of … Continue Reading

Senate Approves Hospital Outpatient Observation Status “Notice” Act

On July 27, 2015, the Senate approved H.R. 876, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act, clearing the measure for the President. H.R. 876 would require hospitals to provide written and oral notification to Medicare beneficiaries receiving observation status for more than 24 hours, rather than admitted as inpatients.… Continue Reading

CMS Proposes $43 Million CY 2016 Medicare OPPS Rate Cut; Small Increase in ASC Payments

On July 8, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rule to update the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System rates and policies for calendar year (CY) 2016.  Perhaps most notably, CMS is proposing a -0.1% OPPS update for 2016, driven … Continue Reading

CMS Corrects 2015 Medicare OPPS/ASC Final Rule, Impacts Rates

Today CMS published a notice correcting its November 10, 2014 final rule updating the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System rates and policies for calendar year 2015. In addition to fixing various technical errors (e.g., status indicator and addenda corrections for specific codes), the notice increases the OPPS … Continue Reading

Medicare Beneficiary Costs at Critical Access Hospitals

The OIG has issued a report on Medicare beneficiary copayment costs for outpatient services provided at critical access hospitals (CAH). Beneficiaries who receive services at CAHs pay Medicare coinsurance amounts based on CAH charges, in contrast to patients at acute care hospitals who are responsible for coinsurance amounts based on outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) … Continue Reading

Hospital Outpatient Payment Advisory Panel Meeting (March 9-10, 2015)

The Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment will be holding its first semi-annual meeting for 2015 on March 9-10, 2015. The purpose of the Panel is to advise CMS on (1) the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification groups and their associated weights, and (2) hospital outpatient therapeutic services supervision issues. Registration will be open … Continue Reading

CMS Issues Proposed CY 2015 Medicare OPPS/ASC Rule

On July 14, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rule to update the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System rates and policies for calendar year (CY) 2015. The following are highlights of this major rulemaking:… Continue Reading

House Panel to Consider Bundled Post-Acute Care, Cancer Care Payment Parity Bills

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled a May 21 hearing entitled “Keeping the Promise: Site of Service Medicare Payment Reforms,” which will focus on two bills that seek to equalize payments between different providers: The Medicare Patient Access to Cancer Treatment Act of 2014, which would establish payment parity under the Medicare program for ambulatory … Continue Reading

Next CMS Hospital Outpatient Payment Advisory Panel Meeting Set for August 25-26

CMS has announced that the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP Panel) will hold its summer meeting on August 25-26, 2014. The purpose of the Panel is to advise CMS on the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) groups and their associated weights under the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system. The HOP Panel … Continue Reading

CMS Rejects OIG Call to Limit Medicare OPPS Rates for ASC-Approved Procedures to ASC Rates

In a recent report, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) recommended that CMS limit Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) payments for procedures that can be safely performed in an ambulatory surgical center (ASC), given that ASC payments are typically lower than the corresponding OPPS payments. According to the OIG, Medicare would save … Continue Reading
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