CMS Publishes Final Rule for Hospital Outpatient Department and ASC Final Payment Rates
As you see below, the news is not good for interventional pain management. Overall both ASCs and hospital outpatient departments are facing significant cuts as high as 11.5% for most commonly performed interventional techniques compared to the proposed rule and 2017 payment rates.
Most importantly it is disheartening to see that they plan to reimburse same amount for surgery centers or HOPDs for epidural injections with or without imaging guidance. There is a significant difference between hospital rates. Hospitals are reimbursed more than 85% higher than ASCs. Please click here to see analysis of interventional pain management for ASCs. Please click here for HOPD. To see the entire group please click here.