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Study Shows Hospital Outpatient Departments Treat Poorer, Sicker Cancer Patients

A new study prepared for the American Hospital Association says that hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) treat cancer patients who are sicker, in need of more extensive care and poorer than those treated in physician offices, and are four times more likely to be uninsured or covered by Medicaid. While HOPDs currently receive a higher payment rate from Medicare than physicians’ offices, some members of Congress have expressed interest in creating site-neutral Medicare payments for both settings. However, the study warns that site-neutral payments “may have adverse effects on patient access to care.” For more details about the study, visit www.aha.org/research.

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