The Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1980 expanded home health services by eliminating limits on the number of home health visits, the prior hospitalization requirement, and the deductible for any Medicare Part B benefits.
It also required the development of a list of surgical procedures that could be done on an outpatient basis in an ambulatory surgical center and reimbursed on a prospective payment system.
The “Baucus Amendments” brought Medicare Supplemental insurance, also called Medigap, under federal oversight and established a voluntary certification program for Medigap policies.
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