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Just Completed Studies Reveal Impact of New Medicare Reimbursement Regulations
Date:9/6/2007

Studies by American Hospital Directory show new rules issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will negatively impact small and rural hospitals and hospitals specializing in cardiac care. Unexpected

changes in outlier payment are also forecasted.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the most sweeping rule changes for hospital reimbursement since 1983. The new regulations, which affect acute care hospitals nationwide, go into effect October 1, 2007, and will have significant impact on how hospitals are reimbursed for in-patient services (IPPS), according to recently completed studies by American Hospital Directory.

Under the regulations, there will be redistributions of reimbursement among some medical services and among certain types of hospitals. These changes are caused primarily by a new severity-adjusted DRG system and transition to a new weighting methodology used by CMS to set relative weights for payment.

"We just completed a series of studies that calculate the impact of the CMS regulations on hospital reimbursement based on detailed, claim level data," says Paul Shoemaker, president and CEO of American Hospital Directory. "Our studies indicate that small and rural hospitals and hospitals specializing in cardiac care will be negatively impacted by the new rules. We also noted that teaching hospitals will realize an increase in base payments but will see reduced outlier payments under the new MS-DRGs.

Despite the extensive changes, many hospital administrators and healthcare executives do not yet have a clear understanding of how the new regulations will impact their hospital operations.

American Hospital Directory (http://www.ahd.com) has posted the studies on their website where they can be linked from the home page Custom data services are also available for
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