Yesterday, the House of Representatives released a bill to fund the government for 2 years, reduce the scheduled Medicare Part B premium hike, and extend the debt ceiling until March 15, 2017. Included in this legislation, is a site neutral payment provision on all newly acquired providers that are located at off-campus hospital outpatient departments. The policy would exclude any newly acquired physician that does not practice on the main campus of the hospital from the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and would align their payments with other physician practices paid under either the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC PPS) or the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS).
This provision is in line with efforts to advance site-neutral payment reforms across Medicare sites of service.
Contact your Member of Congress today to applaud the inclusion of this provision in the bill and encourage them to support site neutral payment reform on behalf of patients and providers.
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