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CMS expects inpatient outlays to fall by nearly $500 million
Modern Healthcare

In a proposed rule (PDF) issued late Tuesday afternoon, the CMS said it expects Medicare operating payments to acute-care hospitals for inpatient services in 2012 to decrease by about $498 million, or about 0.5%, compared with 2011, while its payments to long-term acute-care hospitals are projected to increase by 1.9%, or about $95 million.