On May 21, 2014, the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing entitled “Keeping the Promise:  Site of Service Medicare Payment Reforms.”  Subcommittee members and witnesses discussed the merits of various site-neutral payment proposals.  The Subcommittee specifically considered legislative proposals that would equalize Medicare payments between providers.  The legislative proposals that were discussed are:  (i) H.R. 2869, Medicare Patient Access to Cancer Treatment of 2014, which would establish Medicare payment parity for ambulatory cancer care services furnished in hospital outpatient departments and physician offices; and (ii) H.R. ___ (the bill has not yet been assigned a bill number), Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care (BACPAC) Act of 2014, which would provide bundled payments for post-acute care services under Medicare Parts A and B.  Witnesses were:  (i) Mark E. Miller, PhD, Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; (ii) Reginald W. Coopwood, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Regional Medical Center at Memphis; (iii) Dr. Steven Landers, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group; (iv) Barry D. Brooks, MD, Partner, Texas Oncology; Chairman, Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee, The US Oncology Network; (v) Peter W. Thomas, J.D., Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC, and Coordinator, Coalition to Preserve Rehabilitation; and (vi) Barbara Gage, Managing Director and Economic Studies Fellow, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, The Brookings Institute. Read the hearing notice, Member memorandum, and witness written testimony.

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