The capital PPS amount of exception payments provided for hospitals with inordinately high levels of capital obligations. Exception payments expire at the end of the 10-year transition period.
This is one component of the total amount that is payable for capital PPS for the claim. The total capital amount, which includes this variable, is in the variable CLM_TOT_PPS_CPTL_AMT.
Medicare payments are described in detail in a series of Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) documents called “Payment Basics” (see: http://www.medpac.gov/payment_basics.cfm).
Also in the Medicare Learning Network (MLN) “Payment System Fact Sheet Series” (see: http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-NetworkMLN/MLNProducts/MLN-Publications.html).