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  • 02.19.16

    AMIC Comment Letter on Site Neutrality

    Dear Chairman Upton and Chairman Pitts:

    On behalf of its physician, patient advocacy group, and medical imaging equipment manufacturing members, the Access to Medical Imaging Coalition (AMIC) appreciates this opportunity to provide input on the so-called “site neutrality” policies aimed at reducing Medicare payments for services performed in certain hospital outpatient settings, including critical diagnostic services. AMIC members firmly believe that all hospital outpatient facilities, i.e. both on-campus and off-campus sites, should be reimbursed based on the costs of providing care, as audited and verified via hospital cost reports. The payment policies for off-campus hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) that were enacted under section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 represent a significant deviation from this longstanding principle, and efforts to broaden the scope of this hospital payment reduction could have severe consequences for the long-term viability of access to hospital outpatient diagnostic care.

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