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

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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

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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

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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

A Call for Flexibility

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A bipartisan majority of lawmakers have delivered a strong message to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: protect patients’ access to care and provide fair payment and more predictability for hospitals in regulations implementing “site-neutral” payment for new off-campus provider-based... read more

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

Congress urges CMS to provide HOPD flexibility in final OPPS rule

AHA News Now

This week Congress overwhelmingly urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide flexibility for hospital outpatient departments as it implements the site-neutral provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 in its upcoming final rule for the hospital outpatient prospective payment... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: site neutral payment

Making the Case

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Hospital leaders earlier this week came to Washington for an AHA-hosted Advocacy Day briefing that laid the groundwork for meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Front and center in those talks were our concerns about stopping the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from moving forward with... read more

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

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