Senate approves budget deal that targets off-campus hospital outpatient departments

In a 64 to 35 vote, the Senate passed a two-year budget deal that would raise spending $80 billion, according to The Hill.

The 144-page bill, which is now headed to President Barack Obama's desk for signature, includes a provision that deals with off-campus hospital outpatient departments. Under the deal, off-campus outpatient facilities that are bought or set up by hospitals after the date of enactment of the bill will not be eligible for reimbursements under the outpatient prospective payment system.

The budget deal would also hold down premium increases for about 30 percent of the more than 50 million seniors in Medicare Part B and extends 2 percent sequester cuts to Medicare by an additional year, to 2025.

The House approved the legislation in a 266 to 167 vote on Wednesday.

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