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August 2, 2018

AAFP, Insurers Back Medicare Bid for ‘Site-Neutral’ Pay – Medscape, Aug. 2, 2018

By Kerry Dooley Young   |   August 2, 2018 Medicare officials may get significant support from some physicians and insurers for their bid to end higher payments for identical and similar medical services provided in hospital-owned clinics than in independent practices. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said it intends to use […]

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August 1, 2018

It’s Time to Finalize Proposals to Equalize Payments Across Sites of Service – Morning Consult, Aug. 1, 2018

By Dr. Marcus Neubauer  |   August 1, 2018 Even though the United States leads the world in health care technology, biopharmaceutical innovation and our renowned providers, we somehow continue to fall dreadfully short in formulating public policies that are good for patients, taxpayers and Medicare. It’s a key reason why the Trump administration recently released its […]

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July 31, 2018

Industry split on CMS site neutrality proposal – Healthcare Dive, July 31, 2018

By Tony Abraham  |   July 31, 2018 Hospitals and health systems are up in arms over CMS’ proposal to make payments for clinic visits site neutral, a move that would essentially equalize visits to hospital outpatient departments and physician groups. Opponents say this would impede access. Doctors and some policy experts argue that access shouldn’t hinge […]

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June 29, 2017

Modernize Medicare With Site Neutral Payment – Morning Consult, June 29, 2017

By David Hakimian   |   June 29, 2017 Analyzing the high costs of health care has become one of our most time- and energy-consuming national pastimes. In Washington, a great deal of that activity focuses on Medicare — a program at risk of buckling under the strain of aging baby boomers, runaway spending and outdated policies. […]

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June 19, 2017

Site-Neutral Payments Healthy for Patients – The American Spectator, June 19, 2017

By David Hogberg | June 19, 2017 Competition in the healthcare market is healthy for patients. Unfortunately, in recent years hospitals, aided by government regulation, have reduced competition by consolidating and gobbling up physician practices. “Site-neutral payments” have the potential to slow that trend. Historically, Medicare has reimbursed hospitals for outpatient treatment at a higher […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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