Medicare Packaged Pay Will Squeeze High-Tech Hospital Care

Law360, New York (July 17, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT) -- Medicare’s new plan to expand its use of packaged payments for items and services often delivered together will further force hospitals to consider the costs of care, demanding more efficiency and potentially driving providers to shun drugs and devices that are newer and pricier, attorneys say.

In a proposed rule issued last week, federal regulators said they intend to bundle seven categories of tests, medicines and procedures into larger payments for outpatient primary services, such as surgeries or imaging.

So, if a laboratory test was performed...
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