CMS releases 2018 outpatient PPS and physician payment proposed rules

AHA News

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

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

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

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

Hospital leaders urge Congress to support HOPD flexibility, changes to readmissions program

AHA News

Hospital leaders yesterday urged their federal legislators to support certain provisions critical to patients and hospitals before adjourning this legislative session.

They urged federal legislators to continue to encourage the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide flexibility in... read more

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

AHA urges CMS to delay site-neutral policy until it can ensure fair payment

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should delay implementing the “site-neutral” provisions of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act until it can provide fair and equitable payment to hospitals for the services they provide, the AHA told the agency in its Sept. 6 comments on the hospital... read more

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

With eye on Senate calendar, field rallies around 'hospital' bill

AHA News

Hospitals with different issues and concerns find something they like in the House-passed Helping Hospitals to Improve Patient Care Act, H.R. 5273 – and hope the Senate will make consideration of the bill a priority. But an abbreviated election-year legislative calendar could possibly push any Senate... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: readmissions, site neutral payment, socioeconomic status, Medicare, rural, advocacy

AHA faults CMS's 'short-sighted' policies on new off-campus PBDs

AHA News

The AHA Wednesday expressed “extreme dismay” with the provisions for new off-campus hospital outpatient departments contained in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) outpatient prospective payment system (PPS) proposed rule for 2017. 

“It appears that CMS is aiming to freeze the progress... read more

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

House approves Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act

AHA News

The House last night approved by voice vote the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act, H.R. 5273. The AHA-backed legislation would revise Section 603 of the 2015 Bipartisan Budget Act to move the grandfather date for off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) under development from Nov. 2,... read more

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

AHA urges Congress to reject further site-neutral Medicare payment policies

AHA News

In a Feb. 12 letter to Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its health subcommittee, the AHA detailed its concern with reduced payment for Medicare services furnished in new off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPD) and urged Congress to reject any further site-neutral... read more

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

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