Medicare's Bid To Resolve Hospital Billing Fight Falls Short

Law360, New York (March 14, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT) -- Medicare on Wednesday said it would allow hospitals to get paid for inpatient services even after an auditor finds that the care should have been done on an outpatient basis, but attorneys say the proposed rule's tight deadlines will still prevent many hospitals from getting paid, rendering the agency's apparent concession to hospitals all but meaningless.

The source of a long-running conflict between hospitals and the agency, the issue arises when an audit contractor determines that services billed to Medicare Part A as inpatient services should...
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