From the June 13, 2003 print edition of the Wichita Business Journal
Medicare rule proposal could affect specialty hospital reimbursement
Medicare and Medicaid will propose a new rule this year that experts say could affect reimbursement for specialty hospitals -- including those in Wichita -- that have physician owners.
Experts say a rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would ban the referral of patients covered by the government health insurance programs to specialty hospitals in which referring physicians have a financial interest.
That would put pressure on some local specialty hospitals that get as much as three-quarters of their business from patients covered by Medicare.