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Regulation No.
CMS-1613-FC
Title
Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment - Final Rule with Comment Period
Year
2015

Medicare and Medicaid Programs:  Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Physician-Owned Hospitals:  Data Sources for Expansion Exception; Physician Certification of Inpatient Hospital Services; Medicare Advantage Organizations and Part D Sponsors:  CMS-Identified Overpayments Associated with Submitted Payment Data

This final rule with comment period revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for CY 2015 to implement applicable statutory requirements and changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems.  In this final rule with comment period, we describe the 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, this final rule with comment period updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program and the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program.

The final rule with comment period (CMS-1613-FC) 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 final 2015 APC groups.