STAT+: Congress targets reducing hospital outpatient payments in new bills

House legislators are floating aggressive “site-neutral” bills targeting large hospital payments.

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are floating several draft bills that would significantly affect the hospital industry, including some with far-reaching policies that would authorize Medicare to pay hospitals the identical amount for the same service, regardless of where the service was performed.

The bills — which are far from clearing Congress and being signed into law — would address a problem that legislators and policymakers have targeted for years

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