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Judge rules for AHA, OMC and other hospitals in lawsuit on outpatient payment policy

September 18, 2019 -
WASHINGTON, DC – A federal judge yesterday ruled in favor of the AHA and hospital organizations saying that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services exceeded its statutory authority when it reduced payments for hospital outpatient services provided in off-campus provider-based departments grandfathered under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.
 
U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer said, CMS was "not authorized to ignore the statutory process for setting payment rates in the Outpatient Prospective Payment System and to lower payments only for certain services performed by certain providers." The court vacates the rule and will refer to CMS to determine remedies. The parties will be required to submit a joint status report by Oct. 1, 2019, to determine if additional briefing on remedies is required.
 
The AHA, joined by the Association of American Medical Colleges and several member hospitals, in December filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services for finalizing a policy to phase-in, over two years, a reduction in payments for hospital outpatient clinic visit services furnished in off-campus provider-based departments that are grandfathered (excepted) under Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The cut was included in CMS's outpatient prospective payment system final rule for calendar year 2019.
 
"The Court Ruling is outstanding for Olympic Medical Center and the rural healthcare delivery system,” says Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical Center. "Off-campus facilities can be critical in providing access to care to otherwise underserved areas and this is particularly true for Olympic Medical Center and the communities it serves."

"We are pleased with the District Court's decision that the Department of Health and Human Services exceeded its statutory authority when it reduced payments for hospital outpatient services provided in grandfathered off-campus provider-based departments," said the AHA and AAMC in a statement. "The ruling, which will allow hospitals to maintain access to important services for patients and communities, affirmed that the cuts directly undercut the clear intent of Congress to protect hospital outpatient departments because of the many real and crucial differences between them and other sites of care. Now that the court has ruled, it is up to the agency to put forth remedies for impacted hospitals and the patients they serve."
 
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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