CMS Proposals Make Major Changes to HOPDs, ASCs, Physician Payments CMS last week released proposed rules for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System and the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for 2017. Under the OPPS Rule is a provision that...

Senate Leader Considers Stark Law Reform In an effort to ease physician-referral restrictions, Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) last week released stakeholders’ suggestions for Stark law reform. Hatch said the restrictions make it difficult for providers to undertake delivery-system reforms, and he said the...

Two Major Doc Groups Smack Proposed MACRA Regs Two major physician groups have largely turned against CMS’ newly proposed physician payment system mandated by MACRA, according to public comments submitted late last week by the American Academy of Family Physicians (click here) and the Medical Group...

CMS Proposes New Quality and Anti-Discrimination Measures for Hospitals CMS last week released proposed rules outlining new quality, anti-discrimination measures for hospitals. The new Conditions of Participation require nearly all U.S. hospitals to meet new standards to reduce antibiotic overuse and improve health equity, among other...