AAFP Welcomes Appeals Court Ruling on Site-Neutral Payments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, July 22,  2020

Statement attributable to:
Gary L. LeRoy, MD
President
American Academy of Family Physicians

“The American Academy of Family Physicians is pleased that a federal appeals court ruled the Department of Health and Human Services has the authority to implement site-neutral payments.

“The AAFP is part of the Alliance for Site Neutral Payment and Consumers First and has long advocated for Congress and CMS to create incentives for health care services to be performed in the most cost-effective location, such as a physician’s office.

“The AAFP called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to implement site-neutral payments in the 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule. Payment disparities across different sites of service create unjustified financial stress on patients, community-based physicians and the Medicare program.  

“The cost of services should be the same regardless of the care setting patients choose. We are gratified that the legal roadblock to this work has been removed.”


Editor's Note
: To arrange an interview with Dr. LeRoy, contact Megan Moriarty, 800-274-2237, Ext. 6052, or mmoriarty@aafp.org.

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