CMS Finalizes Hospital OPPS Changes to Better Support Hospitals and Physicians and Improve Patient Care
On November 1, CMS finalized updated payment rates and policy changes in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for CY 2017. CMS is also adding new quality measures to the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program and the ASC Quality Reporting Program that are focused on improving patient outcomes and experience of care. CMS estimates that the updates in the final rule would increase OPPS payments by 1.7 percent and ASC rates by 1.9 percent in 2017.
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Medicare Finalizes Substantial Improvements that Focus on Primary Care, Mental Health, and Diabetes Prevention
On November 2, CMS finalized the 2017 Physician Fee Schedule final rule that recognizes the importance of primary care by improving payment for chronic care management and behavioral health. The rule also finalizes many of the policies to expand the Diabetes Prevention Program model test to eligible Medicare beneficiaries, the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) expanded model, starting January 1, 2018.
The annual Physician Fee Schedule updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services provided in CY 2017. In addition to physicians, a variety of practitioners and entities are paid under the physician fee schedule. Additional policies finalized in the 2017 payment rule include:

The 2017 payment rule will also:

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