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Health Change Bulletin                                                                      August 3, 2017

Inside Medicare's Episode Payment Models - Major Provisions and Implications for 2018

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  "They (Senate) should be talking about putting in place a practical reinsurance program. They should be working together - bipartisans - in a bipartisanship way now to figure out how it you make sure that people who are healthy also buy insurance. Because if the only people who are buying insurance are the very, very sick, you know that premiums are going up." 

-Michael Dowling, CEO, Northwell Health
  The CMS will give a $2.4 billion raise to inpatient hospitals in fiscal 2018. The increase is less than the $3.1 billion the agency proposed in April, but exceeds the $746 million bump hospitals received in fiscal 2017. The CMS projects that payments to long-term care hospitals would decrease by approximately 2.4%, or $110 million in fiscal 2018, based on the changes included in the final rule. That's smaller than the $363 million cut they received this fiscal year and the proposed cut of 3.75%, or $173 million.

Source: Modern Healthcare
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