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Hospitals Fight MedPAC Plan to Reduce Outpatient Rates
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission seems intent on issuing a recommendation that would reduce federal payments to hospital-based outpatient departments by nearly $1 billion a year for some 66 procedures. The reason: Those services are now provided in a physician’s office for less cost. But hospital representatives say the controversial “site-neutral payment plan,” would be a disaster for hospitals and patient access alike because hospitals depend on those extra funds to cover the uninsured, meet regulatory requirements, and be constantly equipped for emergencies.