July 28, 2023

Site-Neutral Legislative Proposals Gaining Traction – CRFB, July 27, 2023

One of the best ways to reduce health care costs would be to move towards “site-neutral” payments and away from the current system’s inefficient payments based on site-of-care. Encouragingly, recent legislation covering the issue appears to be gaining traction in Congress. There are at least ten different proposed bills in varied stages of the legislative […]

July 27, 2023

Doctor’s Office Care at Hospital Prices – Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2023

Each year millions of patients visit their doctors’ offices for a variety of routine services. But in recent years more Americans are being charged as if they had visited a hospital. This is because the doctor’s office billing them is pretending to be a hospital. When a hospital bills a patient’s insurer, it must report […]

May 26, 2023

Weighing Policy Options for Returning Savings from Site-Neutral Payment Reforms to Hospitals – American Enterprise Institute, May 26, 2023

Congress is currently considering policies that would expand site-neutral payment for ambulatory services in the Medicare program. These policies would reduce hospital revenues, while generating savings for Medicare beneficiaries and the federal government and removing an incentive to shift services out of physician offices and into hospitals. Some policymakers have suggested using a portion of […]

May 17, 2023

E&C Panel Passes Site-Neutral Pay For Rx Administration, McMorris Rodgers Says More Coming

Inside Health Policy, May 17, 2023 House Energy & Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) ultimately pulled a Medicare site-neutral pay expansion amendment from consideration during the health subcommittee’s Wednesday (May 17) markup of wide-ranging health legislation, saying the committee had more work to do on the policies — but she implored hospitals to work […]

February 6, 2020

Trump Faces Struggle to Defend Hospital Outpatient Pay Cuts – Bloomberg Law, Feb. 6, 2020

The Trump administration will have a tough time defending its effort to ensure that Medicare pays the same rates for services provided at hospital outpatient clinics as at doctors’ offices. The American Hospital Association and dozens of hospitals around the country are challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s decision to lower payments to off-campus […]