New Reimbursement Policies Paying Dividends, CMS Says

Law360, New York (February 28, 2013, 2:26 PM EST) -- A top federal health care official on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s efforts at paying for quality instead of quantity, telling senators that stubborn hospital readmission rates are falling and that private Medicare Advantage plans are improving despite controversial reimbursement adjustments.

Jonathan Blum, acting principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, called the Senate Finance Committee’s attention to a sudden drop in readmissions that took place shortly after hospitals with relatively poor records saw their payments docked starting in October, as mandated...
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