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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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Appeals court keeps observation stay case alive, questions the role of doctors

Medicare beneficiaries can continue to press their case that hospitals' observation stay practices are violating patient rights, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Medicare penalties far exceed bonus payments to hospitals, analysis finds

Recently implemented Medicare penalties are having a greater impact on hospitals than newly available bonuses, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

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