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This variable is contained in the following files: Inpatient (Fee-for-Service)
Short SAS Name
SAS Name

The total amount that is payable for capital for the prospective payment system (PPS) claim.

This is the sum of the capital hospital specific portion, federal specific portion, outlier portion, disproportionate share portion, indirect medical education portion, exception payments, and hold harmless payments.


Medicare payments are described in detail in a series of Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) documents called “Payment Basics” (see:

Also in the Medicare Learning Network (MLN) “Payment System Fact Sheet Series” (see:

Source: NCH