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Coding Offset Off Base: My Patients Are Sicker
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

I had to laugh the other day when I saw that hospital lobbying organizations were protesting the potential 2.9% in reimbursement from Medicare that CMS plan to introduce in 2011. Suffice to say, it is a complicated issue, but essentially, the government believes that this cut is necessary to offset the potential effect of coding changes on hospital reimbursement. It's called colloquially, the "coding offset," and you should expect to hear a lot more of it as we move through summer and into the fall, when reimbursement rates for the next year will be set.
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  July 23, 2010

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Commentary: HRSA Hopes Committee Will Translate a Tower of Babel
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