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focuses on Medicare — a program at risk of buckling under the strain of aging baby boomers, runaway spending and outdated policies. […]

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 […]

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 […]