On September 6, 2013, CMS published in the Federal Register a correction to its previously published annual Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems Proposed Rule for calendar year 2014 (the Proposed Rule, which we previously covered here). According to CMS, it released the correcting document to address certain “technical errors” in the Proposed Rule. CMS explained that following the publication of the Proposed Rule, it reviewed data and discovered that cost estimation errors occurred in the Outpatient Prospective Payment System modeling process and that these errors impacted, among other things, certain ambulatory payment classifications. As a result of the errors, CMS has extended the comment period—only to gather comments concerning the technical corrections in the correcting document—to September 16, 2013.
For more information regarding the errors in the Proposed Rule and how CMS is addressing them, click here to view CMS’s correcting document.