- APC (Ambulatory Payment Classification)
APCs or Ambulatory Payment Classifications are the government's method of paying for facility outpatient services for the
Medicare (United States)program. A part of the Federal Balanced Budget Act of 1997 made the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Servicescreate a new Medicare "Outpatient Prospective Payment System" (OPPS) for hospital outpatient services -analogous to the Medicare prospective payment system for hospital inpatients known as Diagnosis-related groupor DRGs. This OPPS, was implemented on August 1, 2000. APCs are an outpatient prospective payment system applicable only to hospitals. Physicians are reimbursed via other methodologies for payment in the United States, such as Current Procedural Terminologyor CPTs. APC payments are made to hospitals when the Medicare outpatient is discharged from the Emergency Department or clinic or is transferred to another hospital (or other facility) which is not affiliated with the initial hospital where the patient received outpatient services. Although APCs began through the federal system of Medicare, they have also been considered for adoption by state programs, such as Medicaid, and other third-party private health insurers. If the patient is admitted from a hospital clinic or Emergency Department, then there is no APC payment, and Medicare will pay the hospital under inpatient Diagnosis-related groupDRG methodology.
* [http://126.96.36.199/dloads/Paying%20for%20Hospital%20Outpatient%20Services%202004.pdf ACS Medicaid Guide for Hospital Outpatient Payment System]
* [http://www.acep.org/practres.aspx?id=30426 Website from the American College of Emergency Physicians]
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