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Bump in Medicare inpatient rates ‘credit-positive,’ Moody’s says
Modern Healthcare

Moody’s Investors Service called a scheduled 2.8% increase in Medicare inpatient payment rates to hospitals, announced on Aug. 1, a short-term “significant credit-positive,” though public policy is expected to squeeze hospital payments in coming years. “Beyond 2013, we expect much lower annual increases, given the scope of the federal budget deficit and hardwired rate cuts included in health reform,” the ratings agency wrote in a newly released commentary.