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CMS Squeezes Hospitals On Pay

from Modern Healthcare

While hospitals are celebrating the Obama administration's surrender on the Medicare pay cut tied to the two-midnight rule, they're seething over a proposal to nearly double the expected payment reduction meant to recoup overpayments from incorrect coding. Hospital lobbyists will now spend the coming months pressing the CMS to change course in the final fiscal 2017 rule for the inpatient prospective payment system. Because of a quirk in Medicare legislation passed last year, the deeper cut would leave hospitals permanently in the hole. more

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