All information in
this report is taken from the Medicare Outpatient Prospective
Payment System Limited Data Set
which is updated annually by the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal organization
that oversees the programs. The file includes billing data for 100% of
all Medicare fee-for-service claims for hospital outpatient
services during the
twelve months ending December 31. The report is based on
the most recent period available and is consistent with
Data Release policies.
The Medicare program groups many hospital outpatient services into Ambulatory Payment Classifictions (APCs) for payment. Our report is based on APCs, but uses modified descriptions to make them easier to read and understand. APCs with the largest numbers of claims (as ranked by volume for Louisiana hospitals) are reported. (APCs for common laboratory tests and generalized categories are excluded because they do not lend themselves to comparative reporting among hospitals.):
Categories - the most frequent APCs are
categorized for review. These categories
are unique to this website.
Description - simplified descriptions are used instead
of the technical terminology associated with APCs.
APC numbers are also included within parentheses as part of the description.
- Units - the
units of service provided to Medicare outpatients in the APC category for the 12 month period being reported.
Charge Range - Average hospital charges for
an APC are reported as the "Higher" and "Lower" ends
of the range representing about 68% of all patients.
(Statistically, this is referred to as +/- one standard
deviation from the mean.) PLEASE NOTE: In some
situations (e.g. when there are only a small number of patients
in an APC) a
blank will appear if it is not possible to calculate a
reasonable "Lower" end.
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT ACTUAL PAYMENTS TO THE HOSPITAL
MAY DIFFER SIGNIFICANTLY FROM CHARGES. THE MEDICARE
PROGRAM MAKES FIXED PAYMENTS FOR APC'S REGARDLESS OF A
HOSPITAL'S CHARGES AND INSURANCE COMPANIES MAY NEGOTIATE
DISCOUNTED PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS.