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Medicare Inpatient Proposal: Modest Pay Increases, Longer-Term Reforms

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Device-heavy procedures would see reimbursement increases in fiscal 2013 under the CMS inpatient payment proposal, as readmission and value-based purchasing policies are set in place.

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