November 5, 2003
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.