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Lengthy 'doc fix' hearing could mean bad news for provider payments

Lengthy 'doc fix' hearing could mean bad news for provider payments

Long-term care providers could have good reason to worry that forthcoming Medicare reforms could cut into their reimbursements, following a two-day hearing on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers reiterated pledges to permanently change the way physician payment rates are calculated. They also emphasized that provider reimbursement cuts and beneficiary cost-sharing might very well be needed due to the price-tag on the policy shift.

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Lawmakers predict work cutbacks if ACA coverage floor raised to 40 hours per week

Raising the definition of a full-time workweek from 30 to 40 hours would result in fewer work hours for many employees, Senate Democrats argued at a hearing last week.

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Setting up an ACO a dangerous business proposition for many providers, lawmaker says

Don't count Rep. Diane Black among the supporters of the current model for accountable care organizations. The Tennessee Republican said late last week that it's too risky for providers who wish to participate.

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