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CMS to raise payment rates for inpatient services
Modern Healthcare

Medicare payment rates to acute-care hospitals will increase by about 2.8% in 2013, while the program’s total spending on inpatient hospital services will rise by about $2 billion compared with 2012, the CMS announced after releasing a final payment rule. The CMS expects the combination of the rate hike and other policies in the rule to increase Medicare’s operating payments to the nation’s general acute-care hospitals by about 2.3% next year.