Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Application of Inherent Reasonableness to All Medicare Part B Services (Other Than Physician Services), GAO-03-359R, B-291770, December 23, 2002
B-291770: Dec 23, 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 an interim final rule on December 13. The interim final rule sets forth the process for establishing a realistic and equitable payment amount for all Medicare Part B services (other than physician services) when the existing payment amounts are inherently unreasonable because they are either grossly excessive or deficient. 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.