CMS updates physician payment data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday updated its Health Care Consumer Initiatives web site to include calendar year 2007 data on average Medicare payments made for common and elective procedures and services provided by physicians. Ambulatory surgical center payment information was updated on Aug. 22, and CMS expects to update the hospital outpatient department payment information later this fall.

The web site can be found here ( www.cms.hhs.gov/HealthCareConInit/ ). Hospital inpatient department payment information can be found on the Hospital Compare ( www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov ) Web site. (SOURCE: AHA News Now , http://ahanews.com, September 24, 2008)