Medicare announces new surgery center rates

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced these rates for ambulatory surgery center groups, effective April 1, 2004:

  • Group 1, $333;
  • Group 2, $446;
  • Group 3, $510;
  • Group 4, $630;
  • Group 5, $717;
  • Group 6, $826 [$676 + $150 for intraocular lenses (IOLs)];
  • Group 7, $995;
  • Group 8, $973 ($823 + $150 for IOLs);
  • Group 9, $1,339.

The update is a result of changes included in the Medicare prescription drug bill. The rates will be frozen at this rate through 2009.

Although the national payment rates are reverting back to the Oct. 1, 2002 rates, centers’ local wage indexes will remain unchanged.