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Report Finds Inequities in Payments for Medicare
New York Times

Medicare uses inaccurate, unreliable data to pay doctors and hospitals, the National Academy of Sciences said Wednesday.

Although Medicare is a national program, it adjusts payments to health care providers to reflect regional differences in wages, rent and other costs.

But in a new report, a panel of experts from the academy’s Institute of Medicine said the payment formulas were deeply flawed.

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