Prospective payment system
A prospective payment system (PPS) is a term used to refer to several payment methodologies for which means of determining insurance reimbursement is based on a predetermined payment regardless of the intensity of the actual service provided.
- Diagnosis-related groups for hospital inpatient claims
- Ambulatory Payment Classification for hospital outpatient claims
- Current Procedural Terminology for other outpatient claims
The PPS was established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as a result of the Social Security Amendments Act of 1983, specifically to address expensive hospital care. Regardless of services provided, payment was of an established fee. The idea was to encourage hospitals to lower their prices for expensive hospital care.
In 2000, CMS changed the reimbursement system for outpatient care at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to include a prospective payment system for Medicaid and Medicare. Under this system, health centers receive a fixed, per-visit payment for any visit by a patient with Medicaid, regardless of the length or intensity of the visit. The per-visit rate for the Medicaid PPS is specific to the individual health center location. The rate is determined and updated by a financial accounting process conducted by State Medicaid agencies. The FQHC PPS rate for Medicare (previously called the All Inclusive Reimbursement Rate), in contrast, is fixed at the same level across different health centers.  
Aside from FQHCs, other entities that provide outpatient services to Medicaid patients, that are also paid by a PPS methodology include:
- FQHC look-alikes (health centers not receiving a federal grant under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, but that otherwise meet the criteria for FQHC status.)
- Indian Health Service Health Centers
- Rural Health Centers (in some states, like California)
- Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)
- Accountable care organization
- Medical classification
- Community health centers in the United States
- "Overview Prospective Payment Systems". Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
- Chris Koppen (January 2001). "Understanding the Medicaid Prospective Payment System for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)" (PDF). Retrieved 24 December 2014.
- National Association of Community Health Centers. "Medicaid Prospective Payment System". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
- "Federally Qualified Health Centers: An Overview". Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation. 23 July 2013. Archived from the original on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
- "Indian Health Service Legislation". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
- "Securing additional Medi-Cal payments for Clinics in California". Retrieved 24 December 2014.