NM APC TF Comments Sent to CMS Today Regarding Proposed 2005 HOPPS

October 7, 2004

NM APC TF Comments Sent to CMS Today Regarding Proposed 2005 HOPPS

The Nuclear Medicine APC Task Force (NMTF) is pleased to submit these comments and recommendations to assist the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in refining the HOPPS.

The Nuclear Medicine APCs underwent a major restructuring in 2004. This resulted in newly proposed organ-based Nuclear Medicine APCs. We believe this refined structure is more clinically homogeneous, is consistent with guiding legislation, and will allow improved access to quality care for Medicare recipients through more accurate cost accounting for individual procedures. We continue to analyze the impact of that restructuring, as discussed below in our specific recommendations.

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NM APC TF comments sent to CMS today regarding Proposed 2005 HOPPS - 10/07/04