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CMS Releases Proposed OPPS, Physician Fee Rules
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Monday took several steps to make the way it pays for outpatient and physician services in 2014 more like the way it pays for inpatient care, with episode-based rates, and more “packages” of services.

The agency is striving to streamline payments in ways that “will remove incentives hospitals may have to provide medically unnecessary services or expend additional, unnecessary resources to achieve a higher level of visit payments.”