Corporate Compliance

Note: CMS issues 2010 final rule for ambulatory surgery centers and most hospital outpatient departments

Medicare Insider, November 3, 2009

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Editor’s note: Judith Kares, JD, CPC, regulatory specialist for HCPro, Inc., is the author of this week’s note from the instructor.

CMS has released a display copy of the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) final rule for 2010, which also includes the 2010 changes to the rules for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs).  This final rule will be published in the Federal Register on November 20.  In terms of reimbursement, OPPS hospitals that meet quality indicator reporting requirements for 2010 are entitled to the “full update,” which will result in a 2.1% increase in their payments for 2010.  Those OPPS hospitals that do not meet their quality indicator reporting requirements will be subject to a reduced update of 0.1% in 2010.  ASCs, on the other hand, will receive a 1.2% inflation update beginning January 1, 2010.

Among the most anticipated changes in the OPPS final rule are the so-called “incident to” a physician’s services requirements.  Most nonphysician outpatient therapeutic services that are provided by hospitals or critical access hospitals (CAHs) are only covered if they are provided “incident to” the services of a physician or another specified nonphysician practitioner.

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