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MedPAC to cut hospital payments

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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The American Hospital Association urges Congress to overrule MedPAC's Jan. 10 recommendation that hospitals receive a market basket minus half of the 0.9% expected productivity growth for hospital inpatient and outpatient services in fiscal year 2007. "MedPAC's recommendation for less than a full market basket update is very troubling and threatens hospitals' ability to continue to provide vital health care services," AHA states. The reduction in payments follows a similar move last year (1"The Gray Sheet" Jan. 17, 2005, p. 20)...
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