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Recently implemented Medicare penalties are having a greater impact on hospitals than newly available bonuses, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.
Medicare beneficiaries can continue to press their case that hospitals' observation stay practices are violating patient rights, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
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.
The White House and Congress should work together to ensure that older Americans have necessary financial resources, including for long-term care, provider associations and prominent lawmakers said in response to Tuesday's State of the Union address.
The Supreme Court appears to be split over the question of whether healthcare providers have a right to sue states over low Medicaid rates, court watchers noted after oral arguments on Tuesday.