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Medicare Seeks 2.6% Pay Hike for Outpatient Care, Surgery Centers (1)

Aug. 4, 2020, 2:33 PMUpdated: Aug. 4, 2020, 6:52 PM

Hospital outpatient departments would see a 2.6% payment boost or roughly $7.5 billion more in Medicare reimbursements in 2021 under a payment proposal released Tuesday by the Trump administration.

The proposed increase would hike total payments to nearly $84 billion, according to the proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Ambulatory surgical centers that meet quality reporting requirements would also see a 2.6% increase in Medicare payments next year under the rule.

The two types of facilities function in largely the same way, but the surgical centers generally aren’t owned by hospitals and are considered stand-alone facilities. ...