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HHS ANNOUNCES NEW INCENTIVES FOR PROVIDERS TO WORK TOGETHER THROUGH ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS

People with Medicare will be able to benefit from a new program designed to encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals, and other health care providers to coordinate their care under a final regulation issued today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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MEDICARE PAYMENT RULE PROMOTES IMPROVED INPATIENT CARE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule that will update Medicare payment policies and rates for hospitals in fiscal year (FY) 2012.
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CMS IMPLEMENTS PAYMENT, POLICY CHANGES FOR INPATIENT REHABILITATION FACILITIES

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule that updates Medicare payment policies and rates for more than 1,200 freestanding and hospital-based inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012.
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CMS TAKES STEPS TO CRACK DOWN ON INAPPROPRIATE HOSPITAL OUTLIER CLAIMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today proposed new regulations that will prevent further gaming of the outlier system. A few hundred hospitals in recent years have obtained the lion’s share of these payments by manipulating their Medicare billing to maximize Medicare outlier revenues.
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