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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Recommendations > Using payment to ensure appropriate access to and use of hospital emergency department services (1)

Using payment to ensure appropriate access to and use of hospital emergency department services (1)

June 15, 2018

The Congress should:

  • allow isolated rural stand-alone emergency departments (more than 35 miles from another emergency department) to bill standard outpatient prospective payment system facility fees and
  • provide such emergency departments with annual payments to assist with fixed costs.

Topics: Hospital.