The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted to its Web site 2006 Medicare payment data for ambulatory surgery centers. The data includes average charge and payment data by state and county for the most common procedures, reports AHA News.
CMS first posted annual Medicare payment data for hospitals, ASCs and physicians last year. The inpatient payment data was updated in June.
On June 1, 2006, Medicare posted information about the payments it made to hospitals in fiscal year 2005 for common elective procedures and other hospital admissions. Similar postings of Medicare payment data followed during the year for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs), Hospital Outpatient Departments, and Physician Services.
On June 20, 2007, Medicare updated last year’s inpatient hospital data. They have recently posted an update to last year’s ASC data. The information is being displayed in the same format as last year, updated with calendar year (CY) 2006 data. The information is categorized by state and county and includes average charge and payment data.
Later this summer and early fall CMS plans to post updated payment information for common hospital outpatient and physician services.