Health Care and Life Sciences > Health Reform Resource Center > CMS Issues Proposed Rule re Hospital Outpatient Department and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Policies
02 Jul '10

On July 2, 2010, CMS issued for display its Proposed Rule entitled “Medicare Program; Proposed Changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and CY 2011 Payment Rates.”  This Proposed Rule, which is expected to be published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2010, would implement key provisions of the health reform legislation that waive Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing for preventive services, reduce the 2011 hospital fee schedule update payment by 0.25 percentage points, and revise certain physician self-referral and graduate medical education program policies as well as proposing updates to payments and policies for certain outpatient department services.  Comments will be accepted by CMS through August 31st, with the Final Rule expected out on November 1st.  The policies contained in the rules are applicable for services furnished on or after January 1, 2011.