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Trump Faces Struggle to Defend Hospital Outpatient Pay Cuts

Feb. 6, 2020, 10:52 AM

The Trump administration will have a tough time defending its effort to ensure that Medicare pays the same rates for services provided at hospital outpatient clinics as at doctors’ offices.

The American Hospital Association and dozens of hospitals around the country are challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s decision to lower payments to off-campus clinics by 40%.

The plaintiffs, in two separate lawsuits, want to topple the agency’s 2020 “site-neutral” payment policy after a federal district court judge tossed a similar policy last year. The administration wants to equate payments for services given at hospital outpatient facilities to the...

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