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6. Hospitals Brace For New Medicare Payment Rules

from Wall Street Journal

From April 6: Starting soon, sweeping changes in Medicare payments could affect nearly 800 U.S. hospitals' bottom lines, but not everyone is ready for the switch. The new rules will hold hospitals accountable for all the costs of hip and knee replacements for 90 days. If patients recover and go home quickly, hospitals could reap savings. If patients have complications or need lengthy stays in a rehab facility, hospitals could owe Medicare instead. more


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