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Senators seek overhaul of hospital payment system
Modern Healthcare

When it comes to Medicare hospital payment systems, the exceptions are the rule. Congress’ nonpartisan investigative arm reported Thursday that 91% of hospitals paid by Medicare receive some dispensation or add-on to the program’s standard payment system. The Inpatient Prospective Payment System was designed to maximize “cost-control, efficiency and access” when it was launched 30 years ago, according to the Government Accountability Office report. But Congress has piled an accumulating number of exemptions and carve-outs for various types of hospitals.