Feds step up changes to hospital payments

January 26, 2015 5:30 PM

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Hospitals will have to speed up changes in how they treat Medicare patients if they want to continue to receive full reimbursement under new plans announced Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS hopes to tie 30% of traditional Medicare payments to quality or value through what are known as "alternative payment models" by the end of 2016, up from 20% now. These models,include accountable care organizations, which are groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers responsibl...

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