Letter

Letter to MedPAC Requesting Research on Hospital Consolidation and Impact on Patients


08.30.18

Excerpt: “Through its public hearings, the committee has heard differing views from experts on the extent to which consolidation is a cost driver in the Medicare program and the degree to which payment policies of the Medicare program encourage such consolidation. Some have questioned the merit of concerns over consolidation and have instead highlighted the beneficial efficiencies and economies of scale that can be accomplished through consolidation. For example, in testimony before the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on May 21, 2014, during a hearing entitled ‘Keeping the Promise: Site-of-Service Medicare Payment Reforms,’ which examined various site-neutral prospective policy changes, one witness argued that site-neutral payment policies could not be viewed in a vacuum and instead must be viewed along with the totality of services provided, populations served and recognizing that ‘hospitals are subject to significant regulatory and quality requirements.’”

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Letter