PORT ANGELES — The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will cut payments for patient visits to Olympic Medical Center’s off-site clinics by 60 percent despite a flood of letters defending the local health care system.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued its final outpatient rule on site neutral policies on Friday.
OMC’s feared cuts to hospital-based reimbursement will occur over the next two years.
The final rule phases in the 60-percent cut to OMC in practice expense reimbursement for patient visits more than 250 yards from the Port Angeles hospital, OMC officials said Friday.
As a result, reimbursement to OMC will be cut by about $1.7 million in 2019 and another $1.7 million in 2020, officials said.
“CMS made the worst decision I have seen in my career even though Clallam County residents, community organizations, employees and providers sent in 1,780 letters to CMS to make the case that local health care is important to Clallam County,” OMC CEO Eric Lewis said.
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