Outpatient Payment Policy Under Medicare: Recent Policy Developments from the Rural Perspective

‚ÄčThis study was designed to examine outpatient payment options for rural hospitals, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and their potential impact on hospital revenue and rural access to health services. Previous reports and studies conducted by staff at Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) were reviewed and evaluated. Key informant interviews were conducted with staff at CMS, MedPAC, and representatives of other organizations knowledgeable about the ramifications of changes to the outpatient payment system for rural hospitals.

This project was conducted as part of the Rural Health Research and Policy Center.

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