August 1, 2018
On Wednesday, July 25, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2019 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) proposed rule. The rule continues the expansion of the Comprehensive Ambulatory Payment Classification system methodology and includes modest changes to the proposed rates for radiation oncology services for 2019. CMS proposes a new device pass through payment for SpaceOAR® and proposes a cap on HOPPS payments tied to fee schedule rates for some services. More information about the rule can be found in ASTRO’s summary of the rule. ASTRO will be preparing comments in response to the rule prior to the September 24 deadline.
Read more about the CMS's proposed changes for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP).