Health Care Reform Update -- May 6, 2013

In This Issue:

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups Scheduled.

Excerpt from Implementation of the Affordable Care Act -

On April 26th the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays. The proposed rule reduces payments by 2% for excessive readmissions and reduces payments by 1% for hospitals in the lowest-performing 25% related to hospital-acquired conditions. The proposed rule indicates that someone qualifies for inpatient status for Medicare Part A payment purposes if he or she has received care for at least two midnights.

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