ACC Comments on 2022 Proposed HOPPS Rule

The ACC on Sept. 17 submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed 2022 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payments (ASC) rule.

The detailed comments address CMS's proposals to reverse prior changes to delete the inpatient only list over three years and to expand the movement of services to the ASC setting through placement on the ASC covered procedure list. The ACC urged CMS to revise several ambulatory payment classification assignments to better reflect the costs facilities incur to provide services and to incorporate the costs associated with several newer technologies as care evolves.

In addition, the ACC urged CMS to move forward with a proposal to permanently allow remote direct supervision of cardiac rehabilitation through telehealth, after the agency sought input on the proposal. Finally, the ACC provided significant feedback to CMS on how to further digital quality measurement and address health equity concerns in hospital quality programs.

Complete comments are available here. CMS will consider comments from the ACC and other stakeholders before issuing a final rule by Nov. 1.

Clinical Topics: Cardiovascular Care Team

Keywords: ACC Advocacy, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S., Cardiac Rehabilitation, Inpatients, Health Equity, Outpatients, Medicare, Ambulatory Care Facilities, Prospective Payment System, Hospitals, Telemedicine

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