CMS releases final 2018 physician payment rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its final rule for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2018. CMS estimates a 0.41% increase in physician payment rates for 2018 compared to 2017, after applying a 0.5% payment increase required by the Medicare Access and CHIP... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare

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

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 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

Congress urges CMS to provide HOPD flexibility in final OPPS rule

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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

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

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Hospital leaders today urged their federal legislators to support certain provisions critical to patients and hospitals before adjourning this legislative session. Specifically, they urged federal legislators to continue to encourage the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide flexibility in... read more

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

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

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should delay implementing the site-neutral provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 until it can provide fair and equitable payment to hospitals for nonexcepted services, AHA told the agency today, commenting on the hospital outpatient prospective... read more

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

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