Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System; Payment Reform for Calendar Year 2004, GAO-04-369R, B-293550, January 15, 2004
B-293550, Jan 15, 2004
This is our report on a major rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services. It was published in the Federal Register as an "interim final rule with comment period" on January 6. Enclosed is our assessment of the CMS's compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. If you have any questions about this report. The official responsible for GAO evaluation work relating to the subject matter of the rule is William Scanlon. PAYMENT REFORM FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2004 (RIN: 0938-AM96) (i) Cost-benefit analysis CMS's Office of the Actuary estimates that the total change in expenditures under the outpatient prospective payment system for calendar year 2004 as a result of this rule will be approximately $150 million. (ii) Agency actions relevant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act.