Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Change to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Calendar Year 2004 Payment Rates
GAO-04-268R: Nov 19, 2003
- Full Report:
GAO reviewed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) new rule on changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and calendar year 2004 payment rates. GAO noted that: (1) the rule would revise the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system to implement applicable statutory requirements and changes arising form CMS' continuing experience with the system and describe changes to the amounts and factors used to determine the payment rates for the system for services furnished on or after January 1, 2004; and (2) CMS complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule, except in the delay of the effective date.