Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Calendar Year 2003 Payment Rates; and Changes to Payment Suspension for Unfiled Cost Reports
GAO-03-289R: Nov 12, 2002
- Full Report:
GAO reviewed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on the Medicare Program's hospital outpatient payment system for 2003. GAO noted that (1) the rule would announce changes to the amounts and factors used to determine the payment rates for the system for services furnished on or after January 1, 2003, (2) the rule would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to suspend Medicare payments "in whole or in part" if a provider fails to file a timely and acceptable cost report, and (3) CMS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.