Medicare to Save $650 Million Under Outpatient Pay Proposal

Aug. 8, 2019, 11:01 AM

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. Medicare previously paid more for care provided at outpatient clinics, but it recently reduced those payments to discourage a rise in program spending for services at the facilities.

Cost-Cutting Talks: Continuing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ site-neutral policy would save taxpayers an estimated $650 million in 2020. Medicare patients would save another $160 million in out-of-pocket costs at outpatient facilities.

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