Panel Faults Medicare Payment Fix as Too Weak

March 16, 2015 3:34 PM

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Panel Faults Medicare Payment Fix as Too Weak

A planned overhaul of Medicare payments to long-term hospitals doesn’t go far enough, a congressional advisory panel said, and it called for further changes to discourage timing patients’ discharges to financial incentives.

Long-term-care hospitals get smaller payments for short visits, but after patients stay for a certain number of days the payments jump to much larger lump sums.

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