A CMS proposed rule would pay acute care hospitals 2.3% more for treating Medicare patients if inpatient quality reporting programs are in place. The agency also proposed a calculation for penalties assessed to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates. CMS said it wants to add surgical site infections from cardiac implantable electronic device and iatrogenic pneumothorax with venous catheterization as conditions subject to hospital-acquired condition payment provisions for fiscal 2013.

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