In CMS
Jan 4th, 2018
For the fourth consecutive year, ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) have a lot riding on participation in the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program — 2.0 percentage points, to be exact. ASCs that do not meet quality reporting requirements will see their Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI–U) update of 1.7 percent reduced by 2.0 percentage ...
In CMS
Dec 22nd, 2017
2017 was a rough year. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria battered parts of Florida and devastated Puerto Rico. Wildfires destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres in Northern California. And the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new payment system tied to improved health outcomes and reduced spending — two things that are impossible to control in ...
In Billing
Nov 10th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized 2018 payments and policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). Most notable is the leniency in adopting federally-mandated policies. CMS Finalizes 2018 MPFS Payment and Policy Changes was last modified: November 10th, 2017 by Renee Dustman...
In CMS
Nov 6th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued, Nov. 2,  a final rule with comment period for payment and policy updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in 2018 and beyond. Conjointly, CMS issued an interim final rule with comment period to address the extreme and uncontrollable circumstances that occurred this year, which may have impeded affected clinicians’ performance ...
In Billing
Nov 2nd, 2017
Hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) and ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) will see a small payment rate increase in 2018, provided quality reporting requirements are met. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published, Nov. 1, a final rule for Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and ASC Payment System (ASC PS) payment policies and rates that go ...