April 27, 2024

STAT readers respond to First Opinion essays on site-neutral payments, free medical school tuition, and more – STAT, April 27, 2024

“Former HHS secretaries: Congress should adopt site-neutral payments for health care,” by Alex Azar and Kathleen G. Sebelius As a practicing oncologist, I wholeheartedly agree with the former HHS secretaries’ call to expand site-neutral payment policy. It is a commonsense reform, independent of one’s political leanings. Regardless of party, policymakers can agree that giving patients the […]

March 14, 2024

‘Site-neutral’ payments for chemotherapy could save Medicare billions – Washington Post, March 14, 2024

As if to prove that every rule has an exception, the usually dysfunctional Republican-majority House of Representatives has at least one sensible piece of bipartisan legislation on its record: In December it passed a health-care measure called the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act on a 320-71 vote. Also contrary to Congress’s occasional practice, the bill’s name […]

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 […]