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Providers want Medicare payment changes tied to quality
Modern Healthcare

Healthcare providers are pushing for Medicare payment changes based on quality during the recently started post-election lame duck session of Congress.

Premier healthcare alliance is urging Congress to ensure that if a scheduled 2% cut to Medicare providers does go into effect next year, it will not apply to hospitals that have enacted demonstrable cost reductions.

Blair Childs, Premier’s senior vice president for government affairs, said in an interview that the alliance of more than 2,700 hospitals is urging a requirement that the CMS calculate the extent to which hospitals have reduced their Medicare costs recently when applying the deficit-related across-the-board cut.