Verma touts site-neutral pay policies, blasts hospital consolidation

Modern Healthcare: CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday took swings at Medicare's "hospital-centric payment model," touting the Trump administration's recent site-neutral payment policy and decrying provider consolidation.

Verma condemned Democratic proposals for a public insurance option at a policy summit for the Better Medicare Alliance, which represents Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare or Medicaid buy-in proposals are rapidly gaining momentum among leading Democratic presidential candidates and lawmakers as the next step to cover uninsured Americans or offer cheaper plans.

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