Jun 3, 2016

H.R. 5273, Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016

H.R. 5273 would modify Medicare payment rules for certain hospital outpatient departments and some hospital inpatient services, increase the number of beds for long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), extend a demonstration involving rural community hospitals, modify meaningful use standards for some physicians practicing in ambulatory surgical centers, and delay the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) authority to terminate certain Medicare Advantage (MA) contracts.

CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 5273 would increase direct spending by $50 million over the 2017-2021 period but decrease direct spending by $14 million over the 2017-2026 period. Pay-as-you-go procedures apply because enacting the legislation would affect direct spending. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues. Read full here

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