Hospitals, Trade Groups Differ on Supervision Requirements

According to provider representatives and trade groups, the requirement that physicians supervise the administration of outpatient therapeutic services to Medicare patients in critical access and small rural hospitals is onerous and could limit patient access to such services. The people who run those hospitals don’t agree. That is the conclusion reached by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which looked into the matter after Congress overturned a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services supervision requirement in the 21st Century Cures Act because, as MedPAC observed, CAH and rural hospital representatives…expressed concerns that, because they have difficulty recruiting physicians to practice in [...]