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OIG recommends Medicare pay SNF rates for CAH swing beds

from AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should seek legislation to reduce swing-bed reimbursement rates for critical access hospitals from 101 percent of reasonable costs to the daily rates paid under the skilled nursing facility prospective payment system, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General recommended. The OIG report estimates that Medicare could have saved $4.1 billion between 2005 and 2010 if CAHs were paid for swing-bed services using SNF PPS rates. more

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