Philips Healthcare has submitted its comments on proposed policy and rate changes for Medicare’s Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System for 2014. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services will issue a final rule in November that will go into effect on January 1, 2014.
Philips focused its comments in two major areas:
- The proposed calculation and use of proposed cost centers for MRI and CT reimbursement rates
- New policies that would “package” additional items and services into the outpatient payment categories they support and eliminate separate payment for many procedures