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CMS Removes Hospital Price Transparency Requirement From 2022 Inpatient Payment Rule

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Healthcare Dive reports CMS has removed requirement that would have forced hospitals to disclose their contract terms with Medicare Advantage plans from its final inpatient pay rule for 2022 released on Monday.

The rule bumps payment for inpatient services by 2.5%, which will result in hospitals getting $2.3 billion more than this year, CMS said. The agency expects Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments and uncompensated costs to drop by $1.4 billion in 2022 compared to this year, while long-term care hospitals will get a 1.1% payment bump, or a gain of $42 million.

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