On November 1, CMS finalized updated payment rates and policy changes in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for CY 2017. CMS is also adding new quality measures to the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program and the ASC Quality Reporting Program that are focused on improving patient outcomes and experience of care. CMS estimates that the updates in the final rule would increase OPPS payments by 1.7 percent and ASC rates by 1.9 percent in 2017. Included in the rule:
- Addressing physicians’ concerns regarding pain management
- Focusing payments on patients rather than setting
- Improving patient care through technology
For More Information:
See the full text of this excerpted CMS Press Release (issued November 1).