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Rule hikes payment rates for outpatient, ASC services
Modern Healthcare

The CMS has issued a final payment rule for hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgery center services, upping hospital payment rates by 1.8% and increasing payments to ASCs by 0.6% in the upcoming year.

The agency estimated that payments for hospitals under the Outpatient Prospective Payment System will total roughly $48.1 billion in 2013. Payments to ambulatory surgery centers will be approximately $4.07 billion, according to the CMS.