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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Recommendations > Paying for new technology in the outpatient prospective payment system (B)

Paying for new technology in the outpatient prospective payment system (B)

March 1, 2002

The Secretary should:
* Ensure additional payments are made only for new or substantially improved technologies that are expensive in relation to the applicable ambulatory payment classification payment rate.
* Avoid basing national rates only on reported costs.
* Ensure that the same broad principles guide payments for new technologies in the inpatient and outpatient payment systems.

Topics: Drugs, Devices, and Tests.