Hospitals hope Trump’s pause of a Medicare reimbursement cut will become permanent

Original Article: Modern Healthcare (  http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170809/NEWS/170809879 )

Long-term care hospitals around the country are hopeful the Trump administration will permanently abolish a proposed policy that would dramatically reduce their Medicare reimbursement.

The Trump administration said Aug. 2 that it will freeze the so-called 25% rule that dings Medicare reimbursement rates for hospitals for one year while it assesses whether the policy is needed. Under proposed rule, if more than a quarter of a long-term care hospital’s patients come from a single acute-care hospital, the long-term care hospital would receive a reduced Medicare reimbursement rate for patients exceeding that threshold.

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