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Congress Take Step Toward Site-Neutral Medicare Payments in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Print E-mail
Written by MWE.com   
Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

On October 28, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that, if enacted, would, among other things, substantially alter how and how much Medicare pays for outpatient services furnished by hospitals. The legislation, known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, principally reflects and implements a two-year federal budget and debt limit compromise negotiated between President Obama and congressional Republicans that diminishes many of the harshest spending reductions wrought by sequestration, and avoids a potential default on U.S. debt obligations. Nonetheless, the legislation is drawing heightened scrutiny by, and concern within, the health care community- not because of the central purposes of the bill, but rather because of a handful of Medicare and Medicaid related provisions also included in the legislation.
 
Of perhaps greatest significance to the health care community is a provision (Section 603) that would provide that effective January 1, 2017, Medicare payments for most items and services furnished at an off-campus department of a hospital that was not billing as a hospital service prior to the date of enactment would be made under the applicable non-hospital payment system. This "site neutrality" provision begins to address concerns raised by certain policymakers in recent years that Medicare should not..
 
Last Updated on Friday, 13 November 2015 16:28
 


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