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CMS proposes payment changes.

A new rule to improve the accuracy of Medicare's payment under the acute care hospital inpatient prospective payment system has been proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The rule includes provisions that ensure Medicare will no longer have to pay hospitals for conditions acquired in the hospital, such as infections, while also reducing payment for a diagnosis related group that involves a device implantation replacement that was supplied to the hospital at no additional cost. The proposed rule adds five new quality measures to the existing 27 that hospitals would need to report on in 2008 for the updated full group of provided services (i.e., full market basket update) in fiscal year 2009. They include a 30-day mortality for Medicare patients with pneumonia and four other measures that are related to surgical care improvement.
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Title Annotation:Health Plans and Payers; United States. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Publication:Health Management Technology
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Sep 1, 2007
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