Medicare to save $650M under site-neutral pay proposal

CMS' 2020 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule would finish phasing in a site-neutral payment policy, a move that will lead to $650 million in Medicare savings, according to Bloomberg Law.

CMS adopted a policy last year to make payments for clinic visits site-neutral by reducing the payment rate for patient visits to off-campus hospital-based clinics to the same rate as patient visits to physicians' offices. Under the proposed rule, the off-campus clinics would be paid at a rate of 40 percent of the OPPS rate in 2020.  

Under the site-neutral policy, Medicare OPPS payments would decrease by $650 million in 2020 and Medicare beneficiaries' co-payments would decrease by an estimated $160 million, according to the report.

Access the full Bloomberg Law article here.

Read more about the 2020 OPPS proposed rule here.

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