November 02, 2018

CMS Increases Conversion Factor in HOPPS Final Rule

On November 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year 2019 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) final rule.

Among other things, CMS finalized a 1.35 percent increase of the conversion factor, bringing the conversion factor up to $79.490 for CY 2019. The reduced conversion factor for hospitals failing to meet the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program requirements was finalized to $77.955.

ACR volunteers and staff have created a brief preliminary summary of the radiology-specific provisions in the HOPPS final rule. The College will provide a more detailed radiology-specific summary of the HOPPS rule in the coming days and weeks.

Read the ACR preliminary radiology-specific summary of the HOPPS final rule.