Dive Brief:

  • CMS issued a proposed rule for the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC) for 2019 that would institute site neutral payments and extend 340B payment cuts to previously exempt off-campus providers.
  • The proposal would also remove a number of reporting requirements for OPPS and ASCs. CMS also issued a request for information (RFI) soliciting suggestions on how it can improve price transparency.
  • The American Hospital Association and other industry groups pushed back swiftly on the plan for site neutral payments as well as further cuts to payments under the 340B program. The AHA accused CMS of showing “a lack of understanding about the reality in which hospitals and health systems operate daily to serve the needs of their communities.”

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