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Hospitals Win on Medicare Rate Changes in High Court Ruling (1)

June 3, 2019, 2:42 PM; Updated: June 3, 2019, 7:58 PM

U.S. hospitals won a crucial victory for federal transparency June 3 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that found the Health and Human Services Department improperly changed Medicare payment rates without notice.

The agency had argued that it was overburdened and hamstrung by rules requiring it to follow notice-and-comment procedures before implementing changes to a Medicare payment calculation used to reimburse hospitals for uncompensated care.

The case stems from a 2014 decision by the HHS to change the way it calculates payments to hospitals that care for a large number of indigent patients who can’t pay....

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