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Hospitals Urged to Testify on Supervision Levels for Outpatient Therapy
Registration for in-person testimony is open

Hospitals can submit presentations and testify during the Aug. 25-26 meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP Panel) regarding the appropriate level of supervision for hospital outpatient therapeutic services. CHA is working with the American Hospital Association to support hospitals in preparing testimony on service areas of particular concern. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has reduced the supervision level for 56 outpatient therapeutic services based on recommendations made by hospitals that have presented at HOP Panel meetings since 2012; the number and variety of services the HOP Panel considers for future reductions will depend on how many hospitals request to testify and the services they present for evaluation. Hospitals may request a change in supervision level for any outpatient therapeutic service that has not previously been considered by the HOP Panel.

A list of all of the services previously evaluated by the HOP Panel can be found on the CMS website. The deadline to submit presentations and complete the necessary forms is July 25. Detailed instructions on CMS requirements for the presentations and testimony are available in the attached notice. Hospitals interested in testifying should contact Alyssa Keefe, vice president federal regulatory affairs, at akeefe@calhospital.org or (202) 488-4688. Presenters and other individuals interested in attending the August 25-26 meeting in Baltimore must register online between June 30 and Aug. 1.

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