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Regulation No.
Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment- Proposed Rule

Medicare Program:  Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System; Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System; Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program; Quality Reporting for Ambulatory Surgical Centers; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities Quality Reporting Program; Revision to Quality Improvement Organization Regulations

This proposed rule would revise the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for CY 2013 to implement applicable statutory requirements and changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems.  In this proposed rule, we describe the proposed changes to the amounts and factors used to determine the payment rates for Medicare services paid under the OPPS and those paid under the ASC payment system.  In addition, we are proposing updates and refinements to the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program, the ASC Quality Reporting Program, and the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting Program.  We also are proposing revisions to the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program, and the various regulations governing Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs), including the secure transmittal of electronic medical information, beneficiary dispute and notification processes, and technical changes.

The proposed rule (CMS-1589-P) is available in the "Related Links" section below. The supporting files are located in the "Downloads" section below:

Addendum AA - a list of covered surgical procedures under the revised ASC payment system, including Category I and Category III CPT and Level II HCPCS codes. Included are surgical procedures that receive packaged payment through the payment for covered surgical procedures, as well as those that are paid separately. Payment indicators (defined in Addendum DD1) designate each procedure's payment status.

Addendum BB - a list of radiology services and other covered ancillary services eligible for ASC payment under the revised ASC payment system when provided integral to an ASC covered surgical procedure. Included are ancillary services that receive packaged payment through the payment for covered surgical procedures, as well as those that are paid separately. Payment indicators (defined in Addendum DD1) designate each service's payment status.

Addendum DD1 - a list of ASC payment indicators used in Addenda AA and BB to provide payment information regarding covered surgical procedures and covered ancillary services, respectively, under the revised ASC payment system. The payment indicators represent policy-relevant characteristics of HCPCS codes related to their payment status in ASCs; for example, whether a code is designated as packaged, office-based, or device-intensive.

Addendum DD2 - a list of ASC comment indicators.

Addendum EE - a list of surgical procedures excluded from Medicare payment in ASCs. The surgical procedures on that exclusionary list are those that are on the OPPS inpatient list, CPT unlisted codes, surgical procedures that are not recognized for payment under Medicare, and those that CMS medical advisors determined pose a significant risk to beneficiary safety or would be expected to require an overnight stay when provided in ASCs.
Addendum A - This Excel file lists, in APC order, the proposed name, payment status indicator, relative weight, payment rate, and copayment amount(s) for the proposed 2013 APC groups.

Geometric Mean Costs for Hospital Outpatient Services, by ambulatory payment classification (APC) group - This Excel file displays proposed geometric mean costs, by APC group, for services payable under the OPPS in calendar year 2013. The data are based on claims for hospital outpatient services provided and processed from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011.