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CMS Finalizes Site Neutral Rule and Cuts to Hospital Based Reimbursement Move Forward

November 2, 2018 -
PORT ANGELES – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its final outpatient rule on site neutral policies today, and cuts to hospital-based reimbursement will move forward.  The final rule phases in the 60% cut to Olympic Medical Center in practice expense reimbursement over two years.  As of January 1, 2019, reimbursement to OMC will be decreased approximately $1.7 million. The following year, beginning January 1, 2020, an additional estimated cut of $1.7 million will take effect.  

"CMS made the worst decision I have seen in my career even though Clallam County residents, community organizations, employees and providers sent in 1,780 letters to CMS to make the case that local health care is important to Clallam County,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical Center. "Over the two-year phase-in of these cuts, OMC will lose approximately $3.4 million. We will not give up without a fight, however, and we appreciate the outpouring of support our community has shown to OMC.  We owe a tremendous amount of thanks to our community for coming together to speak up for adequate reimbursement for our rural health care delivery system. I am humbled by the support and look forward to continuing our efforts as a community to reverse this bad policy decision.” 

OMC will begin working with federal legislators to propose legislation to fix this problem, and will be strategically considering other ways of opposing the CMS decision.  "I consider this very bad policy at the national level and it is quite concerning that leaders of CMS have implemented this policy,” adds Lewis.  "We need to continue to fight to preserve local health care and adequate Medicare reimbursement for Clallam County.”

Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 67-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim. 

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