December 1, 2007

CMS sets final 2008 ASC payment rates

By: OR Manager

For 2008, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) generally will be paid at 65% of hospital outpatient department (HOPD) payments, under a final rule issued Nov 1 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The rule, effective Jan 1, 2008, sets rates for the first year of the new ASC payment system, the most significant change in Medicare ASC reimbursement in 20 years.

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