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Proposed payment rule seen risking reimbursements; quality moves praised
Modern Healthcare

Healthcare industry groups have started to analyze a lengthy proposed rule from the CMS (PDF) that updates payments to acute-care and long-term-care hospitals for 2013 and includes a host of provisions intended to improve quality.

Released Tuesday, the rule is expected to increase payments to acute-care hospitals by about 0.9% in 2013 and increase total Medicare spending on inpatient hospital services by about $175 million next year. Payments to long-term acute-care hospitals are expected to rise by about 1.9%, or about $100 million in 2013.

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