Outpatient Services Payment: Beneficiaries Who Are Inpatients of Other Facilities

In a recent report, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) determined that Medicare inappropriately paid acute-care hospitals for outpatient services provided to beneficiaries who were inpatients of other facilities, including long term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and critical access hospitals. As a result, beneficiaries were unnecessarily charged outpatient deductibles and coinsurance payments.

All items and non-physician services provided during a Medicare Part A inpatient stay must be provided directly by the inpatient hospital or under arrangements with the inpatient hospital and another provider. 

Use the following resources to bill correctly:


  • CMS MLN Connects dated October 3, 2019


            Last Updated Fri, 04 Oct 2019 12:23:53 +0000