The CMS will keep in place a 2.9% pay­ment cut to hos­pi­tals for fis­cal 2011 to off­set over­pay­ments.

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The CMS will keep in place a 2.9% pay re­duc­tion to off­set what it sees as over­pay­ments made to hos­pi­tals un­der its new cod­ing sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to a fi­nal pay­ment rule. Tak­ing that and other pay­ment changes into ac­count, pay­ments made to the 3,500 acute-care hos­pi­tals across the nation for fis­cal 2011 be­gin­ning Oct. 1 will de­cline by 0.4%, or roughly $440 mil­lion, com­pared with fis­cal 2010. The new re­form law re­duces pay­ments by an ex­pected 0.25%, but hos­pi­tals will re­ceive a 2.6% in­fla­tion­ary in­crease. “Amer­ica’s hos­pi­tals strongly dis­agree with the Cen­ters for Medi­care & Med­i­caid Ser­vices’ fi­nal in­pa­tient rule,” Richard Umb­den­stock, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Amer­i­can Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, said in a writ­ten state­ment. “The rule cuts bil­lions of dol­lars from the health­care sys­tem at a time when pa­tients are sicker, more peo­ple are los­ing cov­er­age due to the eco­nomic down­turn and hos­pi­tals are deal­ing with sig­nif­i­cant changes con­tained in the health re­form bill.”

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