The AHA Friday expressed concern with certain policy options discussed by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission at its November meeting. “We are primarily concerned about MedPAC’s potential recommendations regarding site-neutral payments to hospital-based off-campus [emergency departments] in urban areas, and payments to [post-acute care] providers,” wrote Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president for public policy analysis and development. “The proposals set forth in both of these areas are premature and have not been completely thought through or analyzed. We are specifically concerned that the site-neutral recommendations would be disruptive to providers, patients and communities alike and that the PAC payment recommendations are not feasible to implement.” AHA also continued to urge that the commission use data and experience from the field before advocating for major changes to the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System for physicians.

Related News Articles

Headline
The Fund for Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation late yesterday announced that the government will settle backlogged Medicare inpatient rehabilitation facility…
Headline
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Friday issued its June report to Congress, which includes several recommendations approved by the panel during its…
Headline
The House Ways and Means Committee today held a hearing on “Pathways to Universal Health Coverage,” which debated various options to expand access to health…
Headline
The Centers for Medicare…
Headline
The U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed a D.C. Circuit Court decision that the Department of Health and Human Services violated the Medicare Act when it changed…
Headline
The Centers for Medicare…