CMS proposes 2.6% boost to ASCs, outpatient clinics and further cuts 340B program

August 4, 2020 / by Robert King

The Trump administration aims to increase Medicare payment rates for outpatient hospital departments and ambulatory surgical centers by 2.6% and doubles down on a nearly 30% cut to the 340B payment program.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the proposed hospital outpatient payment rule for the 2021 coverage year, outlining payment rates for ambulatory surgical centers and hospital outpatient departments.

The agency proposes a 28.7% cut to drugs acquired by safety-net hospitals under the 340B drug discount program.

CMS has previously proposed the cuts back in 2018, sparking a legal battle with hospital groups.

A federal appeals court ruled last Friday that the agency had the authority to install the cuts.


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Chris currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Surgio Health as well as COO at Ortho Spine Partners. Chris has close to 20 years of healthcare management experience with an infinity to improve healthcare delivery through the development and implementation of innovative solutions that solve real problems that result in improved efficiencies, reduction of unnecessary financial & clinical variation, and help drive better patient outcomes. Previously, Chris was assistant vice president and business unit leader for HPG/HCA. He has presented at numerous healthcare forums on topics that include disruptive innovation, physician engagement, shifting reimbursement models, cost per clinical episode and the future of supply chain delivery.

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