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Members of Congress Urge CMS to Rescind Site-Neutral Proposal

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Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) are asking their colleagues to join them in sending a letter to CMS.  The letter urges the agency to rescind its proposal to implement drastic site-neutral payment reductions to off-campus, provider-based departments designated “excepted” or grandfathered under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 for basic clinic visits.

HANYS strongly opposes CMS’ proposal, which would cut Medicare fee-for-service funding to hospitals and health systems in New York by $41 million in just one year and $760 million nationally. Factoring in the effect of this policy on services to Medicare Advantage patients, New York State’s impact grows from $41 million to over $70 million in the first year and would total more than $785 million across the next decade. See HANYS’ Fact Sheet on this issue for more information.

HANYS has been in close communication with members of the New York Delegation regarding this harmful proposal, working closely with the AHA and our state and regional advocacy partners to build support for the Roskam-Thompson letter in the House. HANYS appreciates the support of Senators Charles Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D) who both signed a similar letter initiated by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) that was sent to CMS last week.

Contact: Cristina Batt

Published October 5, 2018