Rural Hospitals Protest Medicare Adjustments At DC Circ.

Law360, Washington (October 3, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT) -- The Department of Health and Human Services shortchanged dozens of rural hospitals by adjusting their individualized Medicare payment rates without the express authority of Congress, an attorney for the hospitals told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday, asking the court to strike down the adjustments.

M. Miller Baker, an attorney for the hospitals, told a three-judge panel that the HHS' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services adjusted medical reimbursement rates downward after implementing a new, more precise system used to determine payments for services furnished to program...
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