House Ways And Means Proposes To Turn IME Payments Into A Fixed “Pool”

(By – Lori Mihalich-Levin and Allison M. Cohen,

Before leaving for August recess, the House Ways and Means Committee released bill language that would, if passed, turn Medicare indirect medical education (IME) payments into a fixed pool rather than the current system of per-case add-on payments. Under the current system, IME payments are made based on a hospital’s intern and resident-to-bed (IRB) ratio and are added to each Medicare inpatient discharge. Read more…


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