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CMS ADOPTS POLICY AND PAYMENT CHANGES FOR OUTPATIENT CARE IN HOSPITALS AND AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule with comment period (final rule) that will update payment policies and payment rates for services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) beginning Jan. 1, 2012.
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CMS ADOPTS POLICY, PAYMENT RATE CHANGES FOR SERVICES IN HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that most hospitals will receive an inflation update of 2.1 percent in their payment rates for services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries in outpatient departments.
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RECOVERY ACT TO FUND 12 STATE EFFORTS TO IMPROVE CARE IN AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today provided the down payment for a nationwide effort to reduce health care associated infections in stand-alone or same-day surgical centers.
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CMS PROPOSES POLICY, PAYMENT RATE CHANGES FOR SERVICES IN HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT DEPARTMENTS AND

Hospitals would be able to bill Medicare for pulmonary and intensive cardiac rehabilitation services furnished in outpatient departments beginning January 1, 2010 under a proposed rule issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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MEDICARE REVISES LIST OF AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTER PROCEDURES

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today took steps to increase access to quality health care for Medicare beneficiaries by expanding the number of procedures covered when furnished in an ambulatory surgical center (ASC).
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OVERALL HEALTH CARE COST GROWTH PROJECTIONS SLOW FROM 2003 MEDICARE DRUG COVERAGE EXPECTED TO LOWER PRICES

The rate of health care spending in the United States is projected to grow 7.5 percent in 2004, down from the 7.7 percent growth experienced in 2003, according to a report issued today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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