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Will Congress Do an End Run Around Berwick? Don?t Bet Against It
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Hospitals, through the American Hospital Association, did all they could to derail the 2.9% Final Inpatient Rule cuts from CMS—even enlisting the aid of a majority of senators and House members via letters protesting the cut to CMS Administrator Don Berwick. He ignored them. But they haven’t yet failed because in Washington, calling something final doesn’t mean it’s over.
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  August 06, 2010

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