Medicare beneficiaries receive a wide range of services in hospital outpatient departments, from injections to complex procedures that require anesthesia. Payment policies for services furnished in hospital outpatient departments are constantly changing due to technological advances and changes in…
Dec 16, 2017
Outpatient care has become increasingly important, as technological innovations and patient preferences drive changes in care delivery.
Dec 14, 2017
The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare…
Dec 14, 2017
AHA urges CMS to issue an instruction to the Medicare Administrative Contractors directing them to review hospital applications for the mid-build exception to Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.
Dec 11, 2017
AHA Coordinated Care Alliance Call Briefings Calls held on every-other Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT We will be holding bi-weekly conference calls to continue our momentum and discuss our progress in addressing so-called site-neutral payment reforms in Congress and other government agencies…
Dec 11, 2017
The AHA Advocacy Alliance for Coordinated Care focuses on adequate payment for the higher level of care capability that hospitals provide in the outpatient setting and for post-acute care providers. It also monitors payment reduction proposals for other care sites.
The AHA strongly opposes policies to equalize Medicare payment rates for services provided in a hospital outpatient department (HOPD) and those performed in other clinical settings. HOPDs provide access to critical hospital-based services that are not otherwise available in the community and treat…
Dec 1, 2017
Comments to MedPAC commissioners on draft recommendations on improving incentives in the emergency department (ED) payment systems, increasing the equity of payments within each post-acute care (PAC) setting and refining an alternative to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Nov 21, 2017
On November 1, CMS released the calendar year (CY) 2018 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS)/ambulatory surgical center (ASC) final rule; on November 2, it released the CY 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) final rule.
Nov 2, 2017
On Nov. 1, the CMS released the calendar year 2018 outpatient prospective payment system/ambulatory surgical center final rule.
Nov 1, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced it will update the hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.35% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also finalizes CMS’s proposal to drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired…