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Tip of the Week: Comment on the 2008 OPPS proposed rule

APCs Insider, September 7, 2007

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You are in charge of analyzing the 2008 OPPS proposed rule and sharing relevant information with others in your hospital, make it a priority to sit down with financial, revenue cycle, billing, and cost report staff members immediately and begin drafting your comments to CMS. Follow these steps to comment to CMS:

  • Identify the issues for when you'd like to provide, comment, and distribute them to the most appropriate individuals in your organization.
  • Appoint a central person to receive all of the comment write-ups (which can be as short as two sentences or as long as 10 pages), and have a team review them before making them final.

  • Submit your comments. To send in your comments electronically, submit them to Click on the link "Submit electronic comments on CMS regulations with an open comment period." (Send your attachments as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Excel files; CMS prefers Microsoft Word.)

Without your input, we may not see CMS back off of many of its proposed changes. The OPPS is in the process of becoming a very different system, and provider input is the key to letting CMS know what is reasonable, and what is not reasonable, and why.

Editor's note: Jugna Shah, MPH, is president of Nimitt Consulting in Washington, DC. She is on the advisory board of Briefings on APCs and writes the semi-regular OPPS Advisor column. You can contact her via her Web site at

(The above tip appeared in the September 2007 issue of Briefings on APCs).

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