June 2, 2017

Site-Neutral Group Urges CMS To Eliminate Outpatient Facility Fees, Mandate Attestation – Inside Health Policy, June 2, 2017

By John Wilkerson | June 2, 2017 The Alliance for Site-Neutral Payment Reform asks that CMS use the upcoming outpatient pay rule to pay equal rates to hospital outpatient facilities and doctor offices, which is the opposite of hospitals’ request. Medicare pays far more for services in hospital-owned doctor offices than in independent doctor offices, […]

November 30, 2016

Insurers, physicians ask Congress to reject site-neutral provision in 21st Century Cures – Modern Healthcare, Nov. 29, 2016

By Shelby Livingston | November 29, 2016 A coalition of physician advocacy groups and insurers that include the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and insurance industry lobbying group America’s Health Insurance Plans, is urging Congress to reject a provision in the 21st Century Cures Act that allows some hospital-owned outpatient facilities to dodge recently […]

November 29, 2016

Congress Should Scrap Some Medicare Pay Changes in Cures Bill, Group Says – Bloomberg BNA, Nov. 28, 2016

By Michael D. Williamson | November 28, 2016 3:34PM ET Nov. 28 (BNA) – Congress should keep a Medicare site-neutral payment policy for certain hospital outpatient departments, a coalition representing insurers, providers, patient advocates and employers said today. Congress should remove provisions in the 21st Century Cures legislative package that would exempt cancer hospitals and […]

September 12, 2016

New website hopes to build support for site-neutral healthcare payments – Healthcare Finance News, September 12, 2016

Medicare already plans to stop paying certain hospital-owned physician practices at higher rates than those that are independently owned. The Alliance for Site Neutral Payment Reform has launched a new website devoted to supporting site neutral payment reforms. Aimed at lawmakers, healthcare officials and the general public, the site features research on the value of […]

June 21, 2016

Congress: don’t dial back site-neutral payment reforms – The Hill, June 21, 2016

Despite extensive data documenting large payment disparities across sites of service for healthcare delivery, and the opportunities for cost savings through site neutral payment reforms, healthcare leaders and policy makers still face enormous obstacles and opposition to payment parity policies that have the potential to ensure patient choice and preserve Medicare dollars. In a study […]

June 2, 2016

Does The Site Of Care Change The Cost Of Care? – Health Affairs Blog

Patients like Gay Miller, a North Carolina resident who paid almost $900 more than her typical $60 co-pay for a routine 30-minute echocardiogram, are feeling the angst of increased out-of-pocket (OOP) costs solely attributable to a change in site of care. Gay received her echocardiogram at a hospital outpatient department (HOPD) as opposed to her […]