NASH has submitted formal comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in response to that agency’s proposed 2021 Medicare outpatient prospective payment system rule.
That rule describes how CMS proposes paying hospitals for Medicare-covered fee-for-service outpatient care in 2021.
Writing on behalf of private safety-net hospitals, NASH addressed the following aspects of the proposed rule:
- Proposed rate increase. NASH endorsed CMS’s proposal to raise Medicare fee-for-service rates for outpatient care.
- The 340B program. NASH expressed strong opposition to CMS’s proposal to reduce reimbursement for prescription drugs to 340B-eligible hospitals.
- Phase-out of the inpatient-only services list. NASH asked CMS not to phase out the inpatient-only services list.
- Changes in the level of supervision for selected outpatient therapeutic services. NASH conveyed its support for proposed reductions in such supervision.
- The physician-owned hospital exception. NASH opposed CMS’s proposal to ease the current limit on the expansion of high-Medicaid physician-owned hospitals.
Learn more about NASH’s reasoning behind each of these positions in its letter to CMS on the proposed 2021 Medicare outpatient prospective payment system regulation.