Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Calendar Year 2003 Payment Rates; and Changes to Payment Suspension for Unfiled Cost Reports, GAO-03-289R, B-291645, November 12, 2002
B-291645, Nov 12, 2002
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 a final rule with comment period on November 1. 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. 609 CMS has determined that approximately 37 percent of hospitals are considered small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act and that the final rule will have a significant impact on a substantial number of these small entities. (iii) Agency actions relevant to sections 202-205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.