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CMS: Senate bill could drive some providers out of Medicare

The overall cost of the Senate health reform bill would largely be offset by cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, but the bill also could force more providers to end participation in the federal programs, according to CMS actuaries.

Even with the boost in health spending, some providers could see themselves becoming unprofitable. A measure in the bill aimed at making doctors and hospitals become more efficient could instead drive a number of them out of the Medicare program, “possibly jeopardizing access to care for beneficiaries,” the CMS stated.

Under simulations, the CMS predicted that roughly 20% of Part A providers who greatly rely on Medicare could become unprofitable over the 10-year projection window. The estimate is in line with previous CMS predictions.

http://www.modernhealthcare.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100109/REG/301109962/-1#

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January 10, 2010 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare, insurance, Medicare | , , , , , ,

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