as if press release For the House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Work, Labor and Pensions Hearing In today’s health care competition and transparency, the AHA said they are important tools some hospitals are using to reduce costs and increase the quality of health care and improve patient access, which has contributed to Medicare’s chronic failure to pay from site-independent payments. The cost of maintaining the users.
“AHA strongly opposes additional site-neutral payment policies and appreciates the opportunity to clarify that the notion that hospitals engage in ‘dishonest billing’ practices to facilitate higher payment rates is inaccurate and intentionally misleading. Hospitals cannot legally hide the location of care on their bills. Hospitals and other providers bill according to federal regulations, using codes that identify all payers — Medicare, Medicaid and private payers — where the service is provided. Additionally, current Medicare regulations require that beneficiaries treated in an off-campus hospital outpatient department (HOPD) receive notice of expected financial obligations and receive bills from both the physician and the hospital. This is not ‘dishonest billing’ – it is simply following existing federal regulations.”