Federal Register Announced Dates for the APC Panel Meeting

August 16, 2004

<i>Federal Register</i> Announced Dates for the APC Panel Meeting

The purpose of the Panel is to review the APC groups and their associated weights and to advise the Secretary, DHHS, (the Secretary) and the Administrator, CMS, (the Administrator) concerning the clinical integrity of the APC groups and their associated weights. The Secretary and the Administrator consider the Panel’s advice as CMS prepares its annual updates of the hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) through rulemaking.

DATES: The second biannual meeting for 2004 is scheduled for the following dates and times: Wednesday, September 1, 2004, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. (e.d.t.); Thursday, September 2, 2004, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (e.d.t.); Friday, September 3, 2004, 8 a.m.–12 noon (e.d.t.).

Written Comments and Suggested Agenda Topics as well as the request for individuals and organizations wishing a 5 minute oral presentations are due August 18, 2004 by 5 PM. Topics for discussion and comments per the Panel's Charter:

  • Reconfiguration of APCs
  • Evaluation of APC weights
  • Packaging devices and drug costs into APCs; methodology effect on APCs
  • Removal of procedures for the inpatient list for payment under opps
  • Use of single and multiple procedure claims data
  • packaging of HCPCS codes
  • Other technical issues concerning APC structure

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8/05/2004 Federal Register Notice