CMS eyes non-payment for HOPD acquired conditions

November 2008
Medical Device Daily;11/3/2008, Vol. 12 Issue 214, p2
The article reports on the final rule published by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for reimbursement of hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) for year 2009. According to the rule, CMS will boost payment for HOPDs by 3.6%. Kerry Weems, acting administrator of the CMS, stated that the agency wants to make sure beneficiaries who come in for treatment for one complaint do not leave with two as a result of adverse events during their visit.


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