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OPPS Comments Focus on Observation Status
Health Leaders Media

At the close of the public comment period, the proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the 2013 Outpatient Proposed Payment System garnered almost 300 comments. Although the proposed rule made significant changes in how CMS calculates ambulatory payment classifications (APC) and how it reimburses hospitals for payable drugs and biologics, the lion’s share of the comments address the effect that assigning patients observation status could have on Medicare benefits.