GAO estimated that the 2003 Medicare payment
rate per patient, per month was between $119 to $129 higher than suppliers' acquisition costs for a typical monthly supply of albuterol sulfate and between $162 to $187 higher for a typical monthly supply of ipratropium bromide.
The shorter form--the Medicare Payment
Assessment Form--will take only 45 minutes to complete, according to CMS, compared to the 90 minutes required for the full MDS.
1999 will be a busy year for health policymakers as they craft corrections to the Medicare payment
rates are adjusted according to a provider's location within the United States.
In this report, GAO (1) compares freestanding hospices' costs to Medicare payment
rates and (2) evaluates the appropriateness of the per diem payment methodology.
Medicare reimbursement, billing paperwork, malpractice issues, and Medicare fraud and abuse top the list of practice concerns for physicians, according to a national survey conducted by the Project HOPE Center for Health Affairs on behalf of the Medicare Payment
Recent reports by the General Accounting Office and the Medicare Payment
Advisory Commission conclude that patients with intensive medical needs are most at risk of losing access to home health care under the interim payment system.
No Medicare payment
will be made for privately contracted services
The Clinton administration decision last week to ease Medicare payment
restrictions for Amgen Inc.
AAKP also remains interested in how a new "basic case-mix adjusted composite rate" would affect the Medicare payment
rates for separately billed drugs and biologicals (including erythropoietin) to the per-session composite rate for dialysis treatment.
The Medicare payment
system unfairly forces Iowa senior citizens and health care professionals to do more with less," Iowa Gov.
1707), which would direct the Medicare Payment
Advisory Commission to conduct a study on replacing the use of the sustainable growth rate as a factor in determining physician payment.