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May 06, 2022

CMS’ Administrator Defends 2023 Pay Increase for Hospitals

After hospitals and providers denounced as too small CMS’ proposed 2023 pay increase, released in April as part of the Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule, CMS administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure responded to the criticism. Hospitals and providers have taken the stance that the 3.2% increase in payments to hospitals is too little to outweigh increasing costs. Brooks-LaSure defended the increase, citing requirements when making payments under the traditional Medicare payment system and the goal to move toward paying hospitals for whole-person patient care. Stakeholders have been asked to provide comments on the rule through June 17. 

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