CMS releases 2018 outpatient PPS and physician payment proposed rules

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The AHA July 13 criticized proposed deep cuts to how much the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reimburses hospitals for drugs acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program and proposes changes to site-neutral payment policies under Section 603 of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act. The provisions are... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, site neutral payment, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, regulation

CMS releases 2018 OPPS/ASC proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed to update hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.75% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also would drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Specifically,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, quality, physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, drug prices

AHA comments on FY 2018 proposed rule for long-term care hospitals

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AHA today applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for proposing a 12-month regulatory pause on full implementation of the 25% Rule for long-term care hospitals and urged the agency to permanently rescind the rule. Commenting on the proposed LTCH prospective payment system rule for fiscal... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, site neutral payment, Medicare, access, regulation

AHA urges CMS to increase payment to off-campus PBDs

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The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to increase payment for services furnished in "non-grandfathered" off-campus provider-based outpatient departments. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, as amended by the 21st Century Cures Act, requires that, with the exception of dedicated... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, site neutral payment, Medicare, regulation

AHA urges MedPAC not to pursue additional site-neutral policies

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The AHA yesterday asked the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to consider certain issues before making draft recommendations related to provider consolidation and stand-alone emergency departments. MedPAC last month discussed, in the context of vertical integration, whether it should advance new and/or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare

House advances several hospital priorities in sending revised 21st Century Cures bill to the Senate

AHA News

Several of the AHA’s post-election legislative priorities advanced through the House Wednesday with that chamber’s approval of the revised 21st Century Cures bill. In addition to addressing a number of hospital concerns, the legislation also is designed to bolster medical research and revamp the way new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, Medicare, advocacy, access, Mental health, Behavioral health, opioids

AHA urges House to pass 21st Century Cures Act

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The AHA today praised Congress for its work on the 21st Century Cures Act and expressed support for the bill. “We urge the House to approve this legislation tomorrow, as it helps improve hospitals’ ability to treat some of the most vulnerable patients,” wrote AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels in a ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, socioeconomic status, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral health

CMS revises site-neutral policy in final outpatient PPS rule for 2017

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1 revised its site-neutral payment policy for off-campus provider-based hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). The agency said new services at existing off-campus HOPDs, as well as services at off-campus HOPDs that relocate, will be reimbursed at an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, site neutral payment, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, regulation, VBP

CMS 2017 OPPS/ASC final rule adopts revised site-neutral policy

AHA News Now

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule updating hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.65% in 2017 compared to 2016. The rule also implements Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which requires that, with the exception of dedicated emergency... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, site neutral payment, Medicare, regulation

AHA urges Congress to act on hospital priorities during post-election session

AHA News

The AHA last week urged Congress to act on several critical hospital and health system priorities when it returns after the elections.

“America’s hospitals appreciate the leadership and support many in Congress have shown this year on numerous issues important to patients and the hospitals and health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: site neutral payment, Medicare, Critical Access Hospitals, advocacy

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