CMS Planning To Incorporate Quality Measures for Outpatient Care in 2009
MedSun: Newsletter #10, December 2006

In a November 1, 2006, announcement, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled changes to policies and payment for outpatient services. According to the statement, “In order to promote greater value in the purchase of hospital outpatient services for Medicare beneficiaries, the final rule ties OPPS [outpatient prospective payment system] rate increases to the reporting of quality measures beginning in 2009. The final rule announces CMS’ plans to develop additional quality measures that are specifically appropriate for hospital outpatient care, and will require hospitals to report the outpatient-specific measure beginning in CY [calendar year] 2009.”

Said CMS Acting Administrator Leslie V. Norwalk, Esq., “In this final rule, we are taking one more step toward rewarding hospitals for providing quality care, not just in the inpatient setting, but also in the outpatient department. While our primary focus is on quality care for Medicare beneficiaries, we expect that our quality initiatives will stimulate better care for all patients who come to the hospital outpatient department.”

Additional Information:

CMS Planning To Incorporate Quality Measures for Outpatient Care in 2009 Press Release
http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/media/press/release.asp?Counter=2042

The final rule is posted at
http://www.cms.hhs.gov/HospitalOutpatientPPS/01_overview.asp


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