1 Total Action(s)
As of March 2022, no legislative action had been identified that changes how PCHs are paid for inpatient services, as GAO suggested in February 2015. The 21st Century Cures Act--enacted in December 2016--slightly reduces the additional payments to PCHs for outpatient services furnished on or after January 1, 2018, and returns savings to the Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund. However, the law does not substantively change how PCHs are paid for outpatient services, which differs from how Medicare pays PPS teaching hospitals (Pub. L. No. 114-255, § 16002, 130 Stat. 1033, 1325 (2016)). Until Medicare pays these cancer hospitals in a way that encourages greater efficiency, Medicare remains at risk for overspending.