Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Changes to Medicare Payment for Drugs and Physician Fee Schedule Payments for Calendar Year 2004, GAO-04-373R, B-293553, January 15, 2004
B-293553, Jan 15, 2004
This is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services. It was published in the Federal Register as an "interim final rule with comment period" on January 7. Modernization Act of 2003 that are applicable in 2004 to Medicare payment for covered drugs and physician fee schedule services. These provisions (1) revise the current payment methodology for Part B covered drugs and biologicals that are not paid on a cost or prospective payment basis. Enclosed is our assessment of the CMS's compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. If you have any questions about this report. The official responsible for GAO evaluation work relating to the subject matter of the rule is William Scanlon.