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Judge tosses CMS’ site-neutral pay policy | Modern Healthcare

Forum for Healthcare Freedom writes:

When central planners interfere with markets, as happened in 1965 and which continues to this day, the toxic distortions on pricing mechanisms weave their way extensively through the entire industry. The long term damage is insidious. It clouds our view of reality and tricks us into thinking the abnormal is normal; what is unjust is legal; what seems unfair is rationalized away.

So even when we try to undo the damage, even in a small way, the complexities of labyrinth often render us incapable of reversing course. When government gets too big & powerful, only the big & powerful (AHA) can manipulate it.

The judge in this case is probably correct from a technical/legal/legislative/regulatory standpoint, but alas, our problem of price disparities favor the status quo and continuation of a non-transparent billing protocol, which ironically has been codified by HHS/CMS…the same department that is now attempting payment reform. You can’t make this stuff up!

https://www.modernhealthcare.com/payment/judge-tosses-cms-site-neutral-pay-policy

 

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A primary care physician by training, my passion is researching and writing about the importance restoring patient centered care, supporting independent private physicians, promoting free-market solutions and seeking sustainable fiscal policy in healthcare.

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