Regarding your Nov. 1 item on modernhealthcare.com on the CMS revised outpatient payment rule, you failed to note that the original plan would have cut per-diem payment for partial hospitalization services in both community mental-health centers and hospital outpatient departments by 15%. That was reduced to just 5% in the final rule. This was the result of a lot of hard work by a variety of provider organizations.
The lowered rate cut will help hundreds of CMHCs and hospital outpatient departments continue to provide services to the mentally ill and keep these patients from clogging emergency rooms or correctional facilities. The CMS should be working to expand this program instead of annually cutting this benefit.
Chief executive officer
Medical Management Options
Baton Rouge La.
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