Rural Hospitals Face Do-Or-Die Fight For Coveted Payments

Law360, New York (August 29, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT) -- Medicare's new push to strip hundreds of remote hospitals of their preferential payments will test the power of rural-state lawmakers whose clout is on the wane, especially as deficit talks and looming health care legislation create fresh demands for extra revenue.

At issue is the designation of "critical access hospital," which has existed since the late 1990s and guarantees that providers in less populated areas are reimbursed for 101 percent of their costs, as opposed to receiving a predetermined payment like a majority of the nation's...
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