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ASCO Moves to Prevent Medicare Site-Neutral Payments

Tony Hagen @oncobiz
Published: Monday, Oct 26, 2015

Philip Stella, MD

Philip Stella, MD

ASCO has issued a position paper against “site-neutral” Medicare payments that would reduce the wide disparity between hospital costs and physician practice costs for similar services. The nation’s largest organization of oncology professionals contends that the thinking behind the site-neutral movement doesn’t take into account high overhead costs at large care facilities, and that a patient-centered approach is more advisable.

In a January open letter, the ASNPR spoke in favor of site-neutral payments and against “rising and often unnecessary healthcare costs that pose a threat to the sustainability of Medicare and to the availability of affordable healthcare coverage.”

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