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Bungled bundling of hospital payments for joint replacements
Orange County Register

Federal officials are about to make orthopedic surgery a lot more painful.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services soon many order hospitals in 75 metropolitan regions to change the way they pay health care providers for knee and hip replacements for seniors on Medicare. Instead of paying for each stage of the procedure separately, CMS will send one lump sum that’s supposed to cover the cost of the entire episode of care.