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Senators ask CMS to be flexible on site-neutral payment regs
Modern Healthcare

A bipartisan group in the U.S. Senate is asking the CMS to avoid strict interpretations as it implements site-neutral payments for off-campus hospital outpatient departments.

The site-neutral provision was part of a two-year budget deal reached toward the end of last year. It states that off-campus hospital outpatient departments will be paid under Medicare Part B systems instead of outpatient prospective payment systems. It is set to go into effect on Jan. 1 of next year.

In a letter to the CMS, 51 senators led by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said they wanted “to underscore the importance of including flexibilities to enable hospitals to continue to serve patients in these settings as well as provide predictability for the hospital field.”