Bloomberg Law
Aug. 8, 2019, 9:34 AM

Medicare to Save $650 Million Under Outpatient Pay Proposal

Tony Pugh
Tony Pugh

The Medicare agency is sticking to its plan to pay the same rate for patient visits to doctors’ offices and off-campus, hospital-based clinics despite a lawsuit and lobbying efforts to reverse the policy.

The reason? More than $800 million in savings. Taxpayers would save an estimated $650 million in 2020 and Medicare patients would save another $160 million in out-of-pocket costs at outpatient facilities under a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposal.

The projected savings would come after a two-year phase-in of a policy change that saw Medicare reduce payments to hospital outpatient clinics in order to discourage ...