Kuettel Named to Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment

Michael Kuettel, MD, PhD

Published June 12, 2019

Michael Kuettel, MD, PhD, professor and chair of radiation oncology, has been appointed to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP).

Provides Expert Guidance to Government

The panel provides expert guidance and recommendations related to Medicare payment policy in the hospital outpatient setting to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the administrator of the CMS.

The HOP Advisory Panel focuses on the clinical integrity of ambulatory payment classification groups, which determine how CMS reimburses for services — such as radiation oncology treatments — in both the hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical center settings.

The panel also makes recommendations regarding the supervision of outpatient services.

International Leader in Radiation Oncology

The panel is composed of 15 members who represent hospitals, hospital systems and other Medicare providers and have expertise in hospital payment systems, hospital medical care delivery systems and related areas.

Panelists serve four-year terms. Kuettel’s term runs through Feb. 28, 2023.

Kuettel is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) board of directors and is the current chair of ASTRO’s Health Policy Council and also serves as ASTRO’s representative to the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee.

An international leader in his field, Kuettel is the Barbara C. and George H. Hyde Chair in Radiation Medicine at Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center.