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Cut prices for low-risk hospital outpatient surgeries: HHS report
Modern Healthcare

Medicare should pay hospitals less for low-risk outpatient surgeries, the program’s fiscal watchdog suggests in a report published this morning. Bringing prices in line with those charged at cheaper ambulatory surgical centers could save the government as much as $15 billion over six years and save Medicare patients $4 billion in copayments, the report projects.

HHS‘ Office of the Inspector General recommends that the CMS seek Congress’ permission to pay hospital outpatient-surgery departments the same rates for Medicare surgeries as those received by stand-alone ambulatory surgery centers.