A federal budget deal was reached and filed Oct. 26 that, beginning in 2017, would require that all new hospital-based physician services provided at “off-campus” locations be paid based solely on the physician fee schedule. Existing hospital-owned practices – as of the date of enactment – would be grandfathered and paid under the current provider-based rules. This provision creates winners and losers. The losers would be those hospitals still in the process of integrating physician practices into their hospital outpatient departments.
We urge you to contact your member of Congress to oppose the site neutral payments in the federal budget deal. Click here to read more in the latest issue of Inside D.C. (Claudia Sanders)