CMS: Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and CY 2011 Payment Rates; Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System and CY 2011 Payment Rates; Payments to Hospitals for Graduate Medical Education Costs; Physician Self-Referral Rules and Related Changes to Provider Agreement Regulations; Payment for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Services Furnished in Rural Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
GAO-11-246R, Dec 8, 2010
GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on changes to Medicare's hospital outpatient prospective payment system. GAO found that (1) the final rule with comment period revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system to implement applicable statutory requirements and changes arising from CMS's experience with this system and to implement certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The final rule with comment period describes the changes to the amounts and factors used to determine the payment rates for Medicare hospital outpatient services paid under the prospective payment system for services furnished on or after January 1, 2011; and (2) with the exception of the delay in the rule's effective date, CMS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.