CMS Releases Proposed Changes to 2011 Outpatient Payment

On July 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System for 2011. Citing the 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report, which showed a lack of progress in reducing healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rates, the proposed rule is open for public comment on whether to include quality measures that assess HAI performance.

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