AACI recently released a message in opposition to CMS' proposal to cut hospital reimbursement, outlining how this decision will most negatively impact patients.
The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) opposes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)' Medicare Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems (OPPS) rule, released on November 1. The rule will cut hospital 340B reimbursement from average sales price (ASP) plus 6 percent to ASP minus 22.5 percent.
The administration's decision will impact those most in need: patients. Nearly 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and 600,000 will die of the disease. AACI cancer centers and their regional community-based networks, including those in rural areas, provide care for an estimated 700,000 newly diagnosed patients with cancer, representing as much as 40 percent of the nation's cancer burden. These centers of excellence provide state of the art treatments for cancer, operate to the highest standards, and are recognized for their scientific acumen and commitment to patient care. more>