The CMS issued final rules on Medicare payment rates to physicians, hospitals for outpatient care and ambulatory surgical centers for 2010.
Physicians will see their Medicare physician fee schedule payments drop by 21.2% absent congressional action.
“The administration tried to avert the pending fee schedule cut in the fiscal 2010 budget proposal that it submitted to Congress, and remains committed to repealing the SGR,” Jonathan Blum, director of the CMS Center for Medicare Management, said in a statement.
“Congress must fix the payment formula once and for all this year,” said J. James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association.
Most hospitals will receive an inflation update of 2.1% in their payment rates for Medicare outpatient services. Hospitals that did not participate in quality data reporting for outpatient services or failed to report the data correctly will see their outpatient Medicare reimbursements drop by 2 percentage points, resulting in a 0.1% update, the CMS said.
Ambulatory surgical centers will receive a 1.2% inflation update beginning in January. The comment period for the rules ends on Dec. 29. More information can be found here.