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CMS final rule on inpatient stays offers payment increases
Modern Healthcare

The CMS has issued its final Medicare 2014 payment rule for inpatient stays at acute-care hospitals and long-term care facilities. The new rule provides inflation-adjusted payment increases to hospitals for capital and operating costs totaling $1.2 billion, a net increase of 0.7%, while long-term care facilities will receive an additional $72 million, or an increase of 1.3%, according to the CMS. The final rule also incorporates changes in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including a new patient safety program and refining of the hospital readmissions reduction program.

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