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NAUH Urges Medicare to Withdraw 340B Proposal

The National Association of Urban Hospitals has urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to withdraw its proposal to significantly reduce Medicare payments for prescription drugs to hospitals that qualify for the federal section 340B prescription drug discount program.  The plan, part of Medicare’s proposed outpatient prospective payment system for outpatient services for 2018, would reduce 340B payments to qualified hospitals approximately 28 percent.  In its formal comment letter to CMS, NAUH argues that the 340B program is appropriately serving the purpose for which it was created – putting additional resources in the hands of hospitals that serve especially [&hellip

Don’t Slash Medicare Drug Payments, NAUH Asks CMS

The federal government should withdraw its proposal to drastically reduce Medicare payments for prescription drugs covered by the section 340B prescription drug discount program, NAUH has told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS has proposed a 28 percent cut in those payments beginning in 2018. According to NAUH, the savings hospitals enjoy from 340B discounts enable them to expand the scope of the services they offer to their low-income patients and engage in additional community outreach.  This was the very reason Congress created the program, NAUH told CMS, and reducing 340B payments now would reduce those savings, undermine [&hellip

NAUH Urges Senators to Oppose Graham-Cassidy Bill

NAUH has declared its opposition to the Graham-Cassidy proposal to partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. In a message to senators, NAUH stated that its opposition is based on the millions of people the bill would leave uninsured, its lack of federal protection for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, its failure to repeal massive Affordable Care Act cuts in Medicare and Medicaid payments, and its proposal to reduce the limit the ability of states to levy provider taxes to finance some of their share of their Medicaid costs. NAUH’s message to senators explained that the association …welcomes proposals [&hellip

NAUH Urges CMS to Reconsider Proposed Outpatient Payment Changes

The federal government should not cut in half payments to physicians who care for their Medicare patients in off-campus, provider-based outpatient facilities. It also should reconsider the circumstances under which hospitals can move their off-campus, provider-based hospital outpatient departments, or expand the services those departments offer, without losing their provider-based hospital outpatient department status. These were among the comments NAUH offered to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in response to CMS’s proposed Medicare physician payment fee schedule for 2018. See NAUH’s entire letter to CMS about the proposed outpatient physician fee regulation here

MedPAC Comments on Proposed Physician Fee Schedule

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has written to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to convey its views on CMS’s proposed revisions to Medicare physician payment policies for 2018. Among the issues MedPAC addresses in its comment letter are proposed payments to physicians for nonexcepted items and services provided in nonexcepted off-campus provider-based hospital departments, the Medicare shared savings program, and the Medicare diabetes prevention program. Return here later this week to learn about NAUH’s comment letter about the same proposed regulation. See MedPAC’s comment letter here

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