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Medicare proposes payment changes to hospitals for hip, knee replacement
Washington Post

Federal health officials are proposing a major change in the way Medicare pays for hip and knee replacements, requiring hospitals to partly repay the government if patients get avoidable infections and other complications but rewarding them with extra payments if patients do well.

The proposal announced Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to overhaul the health-care system, in part by using the payment system to reward quality of care rather than volume of services.

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