November 1, 2009

ASCs weigh impact of Medicare pay

By: Paula DeJohn

Is it time to stop performing colonoscopies and go full steam ahead with knee surgery? Maybe. According to the proposed Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule released July 1, 2009, colonoscopy reimbursement rates for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) will decline by 5.6% in 2010, compared with an increase of 15% for knee arthroscopy with repair of medial meniscus.

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