CMS Presses Congress To Prioritize Medicare Pay Reform

Law360, Washington (June 14, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT) -- The director of the Center for Medicare urged lawmakers Friday to give high priority to sorely needed Medicare payment reform, and endorsed an incident-based rather than a treatment-based pay system.

Higher Medicare payments for recuperation and rehabilitation services have not been linked to higher-quality treatments or fewer hospital readmissions, Center for Medicare director Jonathan Blum told the House Ways and Means' health subcommittee.

“It should be one of our highest priorities to improve the delivery of care and improve overall costs of the Medicare program,” he...
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