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Rate change: CMS payment schedule proposal already drawing fire
Modern Healthcare

While the CMS‘ proposed payment schedule for 2014 includes small increases in Medicare payments for the nation’s acute- and long-term care hospitals, it would change reimbursement for facilities serving high numbers of the uninsured in a way that is already drawing fire from public hospitals. The proposed rule, released late Friday, also launches a new penalty program for hospitals that fail to curb hospital-acquired conditions, a provision mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.