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HCFA "inherent reasonableness" authority

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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General Accounting Office is expected to release by mid-summer a long-awaited report on the Health Care Financing Administration's use of expanded IR authority under Sec. 4316 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) tells a June 15 session of the American Association of Homecare conference in Washington, D.C. Thomas requested GAO to investigate whether HCFA was overstepping the bounds of its IR authority in March 1999. The agency is prohibited from using the expanded IR authority until 90 days after the release of the GAO report under the Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999

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