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Inpatient payments to get boost; CMS targets readmissions
Modern Healthcare

Medicare payment rates for inpatient services at acute-care hospitals will increase 1% in fiscal 2012, while payment rates for long-term acute-care hospitals will increase 1.8%, according to a CMS final rule issued late Monday (PDF). The rate increases are projected to boost acute-care payments by $1.13 billion and LTAC payments by $126 million.

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