AHA, AAMC sue Trump administration over site-neutral payment rule

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Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the 2019 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule. The American Hospital Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges filed suit on Tuesday against CMS. (Getty Images/William_Potter)

Two of the nation's largest healthcare groups are suing the Trump administration over a final rule to institute site-neutral payments for clinic visits, saying the policy would hurt patients.

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the 2019 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rule (PDF), which will gradually institute site-neutral payments in the Medicare program over the next two years. Agency officials said site-neutral payments for clinic visits will lower out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries and save the program as much as $380 million in 2019.