Medicare Program: Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems and Fiscal Year 1999 Rates

OGC-98-70: Published: Aug 14, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1998.


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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) new rule on changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment systems and fiscal year 1999 rates. GAO noted that: (1) the final rule would revise the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems for operating costs and capital-related costs to implement applicable statutory requirements; (2) the final rule would implement applicable statutory requirements concerning the payment for the direct costs of graduate medical education; and (3) HCFA complied with the applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.

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