The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to change the way it reimburses hospitals for facility fees for emergency department visits. CMS officials want to replace five escalating price codes hospitals can choose from in billing facility fees with one flat rate, starting next year. The 2013 rates for ED facility fees start at $51.82 for a Level 1 patient visit and move up to $344.71 at the top range. For 2014, the CMS is proposing a new flat rate of $212.90 for ED visits, regardless of how intensive the treatment is. To read the full story from ModernHealthcare.com, click HERE.
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