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CMS Finalizes Policies that Lower Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs and Increase Access to High-Quality Care

Source
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Date
Nov 1, 2017
Summary
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two Medicare payment rules. The Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System and Quality Reporting Programs Changes for 2018 rule is using the 340B Program to reduce the cost of Medicare Part B drugs for hospitals in order to pass those savings on to beneficiaries. It also places a two-year moratorium on the direct physician supervision requirements for rural hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals. The Home Health Prospective Payment System rule will move towards a more patient-centered model.
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Home health · Hospitals · Medicare · Pharmacy and prescription drugs · Policy · Reimbursement and payment models