For those of you in hospital settings, the Notice of Proposed Rule Making
(NPRM) for the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System is published
in today's Federal Register (FR). On the up side, it includes an overall
3.5% increase in the conversion factor, meaning a 3.5% increase in
reimbursement ... for those few of you that would care to read the devil in
the details, the FR can be accessed at:
Check "Proposed Rules"
Enter today's date - 08/09/2002
Enter keyword "Medicare"
Do the search
& download whatever version of the files (there are six) that serves your
purpose (I prefer pdf - requires Acrobat Reader which is freeware)
Note: for those of you on the Part B side, the news is even better ... log
onto SVT's web site, go to the members only section, & download the excel
file that includes instructions on how to calculate your proposed
reimbursement for next year ... then, after figuring out that you'll be in a
position to be on the receiving end of a rather nice raise next year, send a
donation to SVT''s Government Relations Committee for all the work (& $)
they've provided in getting this done ...
& if you're not a member, join ... with apologies, in the absence of your
support, you're not part of the solution ...
Franklin W. West
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