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$392 BILLION in Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Budget Cuts – How will this affect you?

President Obama recently announced his fiscal year 2014 budget request, with $392.9 billion in reductions to Medicare and Medicaid. The potential changes could affect hospitals in several ways, including adjustments to hospital budgets and impacts on care delivery.

A few of the Medicare-focused cuts include:

  • Eliminating the critical access hospital designation for hospitals located fewer than 10 miles from the nearest hospital
  • Implementing site-neutral payments for some procedures commonly performed in skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities
  • Implementing bundled post-acute care payments

The American Hospital Association published a special bulletin last month highlighting details of the proposal. To access the proposed budget, follow this link:

To learn more about strategies for maximizing Medicare reimbursement and to better understand other recently implemented changes affecting hospitals, please visit the following.

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