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Medicare deregulation bills introduced by House Republicans

Medicare deregulation bills introduced by House Republicans

By Susannah Luthi  |  December 11, 2018

House Ways and Means Committee Republicans released a packet of bills to roll back Medicare regulations on hospitals. But the GOP won't steer the committee's legislative priorities next year.

Lower utilization dampened health spending growth in 2017

Lower utilization dampened health spending growth in 2017

By Harris Meyer  |  December 06, 2018

The rate of U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed from 2016 to 2017, driven by reduced use and intensity of hospital care, physician services and prescription drugs, according to CMS' Office of the Actuary.

Medicare wage index overhaul urged by HHS inspector general

Medicare wage index overhaul urged by HHS inspector general

By Alex Kacik  |  November 27, 2018

The CMS overpaid some hospitals at least $140.5 million due to an often inaccurate tool used to set Medicare payments. HHS' Office of Inspector General says the wage index system needs to be overhauled to mend vulnerabilities.

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