Knowledge Library Deciphering the CMS 2019 Final Rule for OPPS and ASC
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Deciphering the CMS 2019 Final Rule for OPPS and ASC

On November 2, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes that removes unnecessary and inefficient payment differences between certain provider and supplier types, so patients can have more affordable choices and options. The final rule with comment period updates and revises policies under the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System.

Each year CMS issues the OPPS /ASC Final Rule, which goes into effect on January 1.  This webinar will highlight the most significant changes found in this years’ final rule. 

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the most significant changes finalized by CMS
  • Understand the Meaningful Measure/Patients over Paperwork initiative
  • Understand the financial impact to the OPPS payment rates and the ASC Payment Rates


Arlene Baril is Senior Director of provider coding and audit at Change Healthcare. She has over 35 years’ experience in revenue cycle management and HIM operations: APC auditing, RAC Assessments, third-level RAC appeals, charge description master reviews, Inpatient MS-DRG and Outpatient OPPS Coding Assessments, Physician Practice coding, and HIM Operations. Prior to joining Altegra, Ms. Baril was Principal/CEO at Baril & Associates Healthcare Consulting.

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