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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Recommendations > Changing Medicare’s Payment Systems for Ambulatory Care Facilities (F)

Changing Medicare’s Payment Systems for Ambulatory Care Facilities (F)

March 1, 1999

In implementing a prospective payment system for the hospital outpatientsetting, the Secretary should: Not use patient diagnosis to calculate relative weights or make payments, but rather should base payment for these services on the medical visit indicator coded using the Health Care Financing Administration Common Procedure Coding System.

Topics: Hospital.