TITLE

It's a step in the right direction, but new payment system falls short, leaders say

PUB. DATE
September 2007
SOURCE
Same-Day Surgery;Sep2007, Vol. 31 Issue 9, p101
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Leaders in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) field are glad to see changes to the Medicare payment system, but they list several concerns: • The four-year phase-in will help hard-hit specialties, including gastrointestinal and pain cases. • The new methodology means ASCs will receive 67% of hospital outpatient department (HOPD) rates. However, based on the proposed 2008 HOPD rates, ASCs will receive only 65% of the HOPD rate, which is too low, leaders say. • The new criteria for how procedures get added to the ASC list excludes many procedures that can be performed safely in an ASC, they say.
ACCESSION #
26406479

 

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