2004 HOPPS Payment Rates

November 5, 2003

2004 HOPPS Payment Rates

CMS has released the final 2004 HOPPS payment rates. We have just begun to start our analyses, but wanted to share a high priority development:

CMS has expanded the number of cardiac imagings from 1 to 3 with Level III paid at $375, and Level I at $246 and Level II at $242. The add on cardiac imaging is still intact but with a slightly reduced payment.

This is definitely a step in the right direction and seems to be consistent with the recommendations of the Nuclear Medicine APC Task Force. Apparently CMS is listening.