Medicare Smackdown May Affect Hospital Payments For Years

Law360, New York (November 20, 2012, 8:21 PM EST) -- A federal court decision last week lambasting Medicare for its disproportionate share hospital payment calculations and invalidating an agency rule could mean hundreds of millions more dollars for hospitals for past payments, and may also lead to new rulemaking that could bring increased payments for years to come.

Last week, the Washington federal court nixed a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy for calculating disproportionate share hospital, or DSH, payments, saying HHS had used Medicare's intricate web to hide an inadequate rulemaking process. Medicare...
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