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 […]

February 24, 2016

Oncologists Urge Congress To Stay The Course On Site-Neutral Pay – Inside Health Policy

Community oncologists want Congress to stay the course on Medicare site-neutral pay policy, although they are open to exempting facilities under development, if they don’t include oncology practices, from lower pay rates in narrow circumstances. The Community Oncology Alliance fears that if Congress rolls back site-neutral restrictions or retroactively delays the policy’s start date, hospitals […]

February 18, 2016

Medicare Sparks Site-Neutral Payment Showdown – Health Leaders Media

There is likely no clear winner in the fight between hospital and physician groups who are weighing in on Medicare’s new site-neutral payment policy that goes into effect next year. Hospitals with newly acquired and almost-built physician practices located off of the main campus are hoping a congressional committee will put the brakes on payment […]

February 16, 2016

AAFP to Congress: Expand Site-neutral Physician Payment – AAFP

Although Congress took an initial step toward equal payments for physicians’ services regardless of where they practice when it passed the Bipartisan Budget Act last November, many office-based physicians still receive lower payments for the same services than do their colleagues in hospital outpatient settings. Read full article >>