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NAUH Comments on Proposed Medicare Site-Neutral Outpatient Payment Changes

The National Association of Urban Hospitals has submitted extensive comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the agency’s proposal to implement site-neutral payment policies for Medicare-covered outpatient services. In its comments, NAUH raises objections to: how the proposed rule addresses the relocation of existing hospital-based outpatient departments; how it addresses the expansion of services at existing departments; how it proposes addressing the sale of existing departments; and how it could affect such departments’ future eligibility in the section 340B prescription drug discount program. Last year’s Bipartisan Budget Act called for Medicare to pay providers for outpatient services [&hellip

Journal Looks at Health Disparities

The journal Health Affairs looks at health disparities and social determinants of health in its Augusts 2016 issue. The article “Evaluating Strategies For Reducing Health Disparities By Addressing The Social Determinants Of Health” looks at interventions that focus on social determinants of health, addresses how such interventions can reduce health disparities and improve population health, and considers the challenges to implementing such approaches. Find it here. The article “Achieving Health Equity: Closing The Gaps In Health Care Disparities, Interventions, And Research” also looks at health care disparities and how to address them, focusing on cardiovascular disease and cancer. Find it [&hellip

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