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Providers testify against post-acute bundled pay bill at hearing

Providers testify against post-acute bundled pay bill at hearing

A top nursing home advocate on Thursday urged killing a bill calling for the bundling of Medicare payments for post-acute care services.

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Watchdog: CMS should monitor Recovery Audit Data warehouse

A new Government Accountability Office report recommends sweeping government reforms that would mitigate fragmentation and duplication of a number of Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Medicare doc payment bill doesn't 'fix' therapy caps

The historic repeal of the "doc fix" this week left about equal numbers of stakeholders relieved and disappointed. Among the most crestfallen: Therapy providers who were hoping for Congress to finally repeal Medicare Part B outpatient therapy caps.

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Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

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