The House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved legislation that would revise a measure impacting hospitals included in last year’s budget deal. H.R. 5273, the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016, would allow hospitals that were already in the process of constructing off-campus outpatient centers last year to be grandfathered into outpatient payment rates.
Additionally, H.R. 5273 would temporarily exclude doctors providing the majority of their Medicare services at ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) from electronic health record (EHR) requirements under both meaningful use (MU) and the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS). The legislation also includes a delay on the authority of Medicare to terminate a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan based solely on the failure to achieve a minimum quality rating.