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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Recommendations > Hospital inpatient and outpatient services (3)

Hospital inpatient and outpatient services (3)

March 15, 2012

The Secretary of Health and Human Services should conduct a study by January 2015 to examine whether access to ambulatory physician and other health professionals’ services for low-income patients would be impaired by setting outpatient evaluation and management payment rates equal to those paid in physician offices. If access will be impaired, the Secretary should recommend actions to protect access.

Topics: Delivery system reforms.