NM APC Task Force Comments on Proposed 2004 HOPPS Rule

October 1, 2003

NM APC Task Force Comments on Proposed 2004 HOPPS Rule The Nuclear Medicine APC Task Force has submitted a response to the proposed 2004 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) rule that was published in the August 12, 2003 Federal Register 68 Fed. Reg. 47965.

The Task Force, chaired by Kenneth A. McKusick, MD, reviewed the proposed rule with three fundamental criteria in mind:

  1. The reimbursement rates for nuclear medicine APCs and radiopharmaceuticals must be based on accurate representative (frequency) cost data;
  2. Facilities should be reimbursed appropriately for procedures and radiopharmaceuticals;
  3. CMS and the nuclear medicine community must be able to identify the dollar amount or percentage of the procedural APC reimbursement rate that represents payments for any bundled radiopharmaceuticals and other drugs.

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