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MEDICARE PROPOSED PAYMENT RULE WOULD PROMOTE IMPROVED INPATIENT CARE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays to general acute care hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) paid under the LTCH Prospective Payment System (PPS).
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MAJORITY OF NATIONS ACUTE CARE HOSPITALS MEET QUALITY REPORTING GOALS, WILL RECEIVE FULL RATE INCREASE NEXT YEAR

The vast majority of the nation’s hospitals are reporting valuable data about the quality of the care they provide to Medicare beneficiaries and will receive a full payment rate increase of 3.3 percent next year according to an announcement today by Kerry Weems, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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CMS ISSUES GUIDANCE ON HOSPITAL EMERGENCY SERVICES REQUIREMENTS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance today clarifying the responsibility of hospitals provide emergency services if they participate in the Medicare program.
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CMS PROPOSES PAYMENT REFORMS FOR INPATIENT HOSPITAL SERVICES IN 2008

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule that takes significant steps to improve the accuracy of Medicare’s payment under the acute care hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS), while providing additional incentives for hospitals to engage in quality improvement efforts.
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