The Health Wonk Shop Web Event on June 17: Exploring Site-Neutral Payments and the Hype Surrounding Them

Congress is considering ways to reduce healthcare costs, and one approach that has bipartisan support is site-neutral payments for outpatient services. This means Medicare would pay the same amount for a service regardless of where it is provided. Currently, reimbursement policy pays higher rates for services in hospital outpatient departments compared to independent physician offices and ambulatory surgical centers.

On Monday, June 17 at Noon ET, a panel of experts will be joining Larry Levitt, KFF’s executive vice president for health policy, for a discussion on site-neutral payments. The discussion will cover why this has become an issue for policymakers and private payers, how Medicare payments currently operate, proposed changes to the law, and the potential impacts of those changes.

The panelists will include Zack Cooper, Associate Professor at Yale University, Zachary Levinson from KFF’s Project on Hospital Costs, and Ashley Thompson from the American Hospital Association. The virtual Health Wonk Shop series by KFF aims to provide in-depth policy discussions with experts to give greater insights beyond the news headlines.

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