- Integrated Outpatient Quarterly Release Files Version 231.0, Release, April, 2022
- APC Differences between May, 2018 and April, 2019 for IOCE Quarterly Release Files
- APC Classification
- Outpatient Services for Medicare
- Medicare OPPS
- Diagnosis Related Groups
- Updated Medicare OPPS
Ambulatory Payment Classification for IOCE Quarterly Release Files
APCs or “Ambulatory Payment Classifications” are the government’s method of paying facilities for outpatient services for the Medicare program.
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APCs or “Ambulatory Payment Classifications” are the government’s method of paying facilities for outpatient services for the Medicare program. A part of the Federal Balanced Budget Act of 1997 required HCFA (now CMS) to create a new Medicare “Outpatient Prospective Payment System” (OPPS) for hospital outpatient services -analogous to the Medicare prospective payment system for hospital inpatients known as “Diagnosis Related Groups” or DRGs. This OPPS was implemented on August 1, 2000. APCs are an outpatient prospective payment system applicable only to hospitals, and have no impact on physician payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. APC payments are made only to hospitals when the Medicare outpatient is discharged from the ED or clinic or is transferred to another hospital (or another facility) which is not affiliated with the initial hospital where the patient received outpatient services. If the patient is admitted from a hospital clinic or ED, then there is no APC payment, and Medicare will pay the hospital under inpatient DRG methodology.
Each APC is composed of services which are similar in clinical intensity, resource utilization and cost. All services (identified by submission of CMS’ Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes on the hospital’s UB 04 claim form) which are grouped under a specific APC result in an annually updated Medicare “prospective payment” for that particular APC. (Many HCPCS codes are derived directly from the AMA CPT.) Since this payment is a prospective and “fixed” payment to the hospital, the hospital is at risk for potential “profit or loss” with each APC payment it receives. The payments are calculated by multiplying the APCs relative weight by the OPPS conversion factor and then there is a minor adjustment for geographic location. The payment is divided into Medicare’s portion and patient co-pay. Co-pays vary between 20 and 40% of the APC payment rate. Eventually this percent will be capped at 20% of the payment rate.
APCs were created to transfer some of the financial risk for provision of outpatient services from the Federal government to the individual hospitals, thereby achieving potential cost-savings for the Medicare program. By transferring financial risk to hospitals, APCs incentivize hospitals to provide outpatient services economically, efficiently and profitably.
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APC Classification, Outpatient Services for Medicare, Medicare OPPS, Diagnosis Related Groups, Updated Medicare OPPS
Integrated Outpatient Quarterly Release Files Version 231.0, Release, April, 2022, APC Differences between May, 2018 and April, 2019 for IOCE Quarterly Release Files
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|Status_Indicator||Medicare has assigned each HCPCS/CPT code a letter that signifies whether Medicare will reimburse the service and how it will be reimbursed.||string||-|
|Payment_Indicator||Medicare has assigned each HCPCS/CPT code a letter that signifies whether Medicare will reimburse the service and how it will be reimbursed.||integer||level : Nominal|
|APC_Payment||Payment assigned to the APC.||integer||level : Nominal|
|Ambulatory Payment Classification||Status Indicator||Payment Indicator||APC Payment||APC Description|