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Medicare Delays New Outpatient Payment System

Medicare Delays New Outpatient Payment System

Outpatient cancer clinics received a 3-month reprieve before Medicare institutes its new prospective payment system, which is expected to result in a big drop in reimbursement for some newer cancer drugs. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expected the new rates to become effective on January 1, 2002. The Association of Community Cancer Centers had been pressing for the delay and for a revamping of the formula Medicare used to determine new payments for some cancer drugs.

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